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South Africa make just one change to their side for New Zealand clash

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South Africa make just one change to their side for New Zealand clash
Kolisi returns to South Africa side for New Zealand clash

SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (SEPTEMBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICA COACH, RASSIE ERASMUS, SAYING: "I think the thing that makes it special if you ask anybody right now who is going to win this test match, you know, I don't think anybody can bet on any of the two teams. I guess if you ask our boys we think we've got a really good chance, I think if you ask Steve (Hansen, New Zealand coach) and their team, you know, I think they think they have a really good chance, you know and hopefully the referee is not too sure.

"So I think that's the way it should be and that's the way a World Cup should be and that's a great opener for us and that's why it's special you know.

We certainly are looking forward to see what their team is going to look like tomorrow, I think they are waiting to see... they now know what our team looks like, that's a massive build up and we're enjoying it thoroughly and I'm sure as we get into Friday evening, Saturday morning, the nerves will get more." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICA COACH, RASSIE ERASMUS, SAYING: "I think it's going to be a massive challenge especially with the rain they are predicting and even if it's not going to rain everybody's talking about the humidity and the slippery ball and you know, the weakness of the arms, you know the ball is very slippery so kicking is going to play a big part but somehow you have to score points, you can't just get it by playing penalties and drop goals.

So I think scoring from bad kicks and fielding kicks and living off those bad kicks is going to play a big part so yes, first of all kick execution is going to be important and then the fielding of kicks and really pouncing on bad kicks is going to be a big part of it." STORY: South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus made just one change from the starting side that drew with New Zealand in July when he named his team for Saturday's (September 21) crunch Rugby World Cup clash with the world champions in Yokohama.

Siya Kolisi, who missed the 16-16 Wellington draw because of injury, will captain the side at openside flanker in place of Kwagga Smith to make up an imposing back row with number eight Duane Vermeulen and blindside Pieter Steph du Toit.

Otherwise, Erasmus has stuck with the side that last played the All Blacks for a match that is likely to decide who wins Pool B and enjoys the potentially relatively easier path through to the final.

The matchday squad was identical to the one Erasmus put out for the 41-7 victory over Japan in Kumagaya this month that kept the Springboks unbeaten this year.

Prop Trevor Nyakane retained his place on the bench despite question marks over his fitness, while Cheslin Kolbe held onto his place on the right wing despite the form of Sbu Nkosi.

There was no place for Smith or Nkosi on the bench with Francois Louw covering the back row and Jesse Kriel the back three.

The versatile 32-year-old Frans Steyn will cover the centres and act as back-up to starting flyhalf Handre Pollard with Elton Jantjies missing out altogether despite starting tests against Argentina and Australia in the number 10 shirt this year.

Coach Erasmus was quizzed at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday (September 18) about lock Eben Etzebeth, who has an allegation of racism hanging over him.

A complaint has been laid against Etzebeth with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which is investigating whether the player physically and racially abused a patron at a bar last month.

Etzebeth has categorically denied any wrongdoing and is with the Boks in Japan as they prepare for the World Cup, having also been given the backing of South African Rugby until such time as an adverse finding is made against him.

(Production: Lucien Libert)




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