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South Africa Make Two Changes For Final Ireland Test But Not The One They Needed To

South Africa Make Two Changes For Final Ireland Test But Not The One They Needed To
By Conor O'Leary
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Springbok head coach Alistair Coetzee has made two changes to his South Africa XV that will play Ireland in the crucial third test that will decide the series.

The two replacements he made at half time in Johannesburg - Ruan Combrinck and Warren Whiteley - come into the team as expected for the injured Duane Vermuelen, and Lwazi Mvovo. Both changes were expected, and Ireland will need to figure out how to deal with the threat of the impressive Lions duo.

One change they didn't make was to replace Frans Malherbe as their tighthead in place of Julian Redelinghuys or Coenie Oosthuizen. Malherbe has conceded a multitude of penalties in this series, and Jack McGrath dominated him at scrumtime. His inclusion in the team should be one of the keys to Ireland's victory.

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There are a three of changes on the Springbok bench. Steven Kitshoff comes in for the injured Trevor Nyakane, Jaco Kriel takes Whiteley's place on the bench, and Mvovo swaps with Combrinck.

South Africa Team v Ireland:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

Ireland will name their team for the final test later today, for Saturday's game that kicks off at 4pm Irish time.

See Also: Ireland Should Be Favourites For A Historic Series Victory

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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