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The Springboks departed for France on Sunday morning to begin their preparations for this week’s Test at Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Photo: SA Rugby website

Let the debate begin: Can this Springbok team take down France?

The Springboks departed for France on Sunday morning to begin their preparations for this week’s Test at Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.

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The Springboks departed for France on Sunday morning to begin their preparations for this week’s Test at Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springboks departed for France on Sunday morning to begin their preparations for this week’s Test at Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.

Kick-off is at 22:00 (SA time) on Saturday.

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Following on from this past weekend’s loss to Ireland, it will also certainly be interesting to see whether coach Jacques Nienaber makes some team changes when the latest matchday squad is named on Tuesday, 8 November at 13:00 (SA time).

There will be one injury-enforced change after Lood de Jager suffered a shoulder injury this past weekend. Franco Mostert will almost certainly come straight into the No 5 jersey.

I’d expect there could also be a triple change in the front row, with Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi and Trevor Nyakane perhaps best suited to launching a scrumming assault off the bench against the French.

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Among the backs, there could also be a couple of changes.

Willie le Roux should return to his familiar role at fullback, allowing Cheslin Kolbe to return to his regular spot on the right wing.

Ahead of the team announcement on Tuesday, The South African website’s Craig Lewis and Garrin Lambley have selected the starting XVs they believe the Springboks’ brains trust will read out.

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PREDICTED SPRINGBOKS STARTING XV TO FACE FRANCE

CRAIG LEWIS’ EXPECTED SPRINGBOK STARTING XV

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

GARRIN LAMBLEY’S EXPECTED SPRINGBOK STARTING XV

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

MARIETTE ADAMS’ EXPECTED SPRINGBOK STARTING XV

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Ox Nche

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