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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Boks recall JP and Jaque

SOUTH AFRICA have recalled winger JP Pietersen and centre Jaque Fourie after long absences to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday in the first test of their European tour.

Fourie has not played for the Springboks since the 2011 World Cup after deciding to continue his rugby career in Japan, while Pietersen has not featured this year.

Both played in the 2007 World Cup-winning campaign and are among five key backline players from that tournament named in the team by coach Heyneke Meyer, along with captain Jean de Villiers, wing Bryan Habana and scrum-half Fourie du Preez.

"We're very fortunate to have two world-class players in JP and Jaque available for selection and I wanted to get then into the action as soon as possible," Meyer said.

"They bring a vast amount of experience to the team and it was clear from our training sessions thus far that they are in great form and ready for Test rugby."

Uncapped 22-year-old prop Frans Malherbe also comes in for the injured Jannie du Plessis, while the only other change to the pack of forwards is at lock, with Flip van der Merwe starting next to Eben Etzebeth in the middle row.

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