Hougaard, Kankowski to start for Springboks

Zane Kirchner, Francois Hougaard and Ryan Kankowski were all promoted to the starting XV when South Africa coach Peter De Villiers on Tuesday named his squad for Saturday’s game against Scotland at Murrayfield.

In a further positional switch from the team that beat Wales 29-25 last weekend, Gio Aplon moves from fullback to wing in place of Bjorn Basson, who has gone home following injury and his provisional doping suspension.

With Chiliboy Ralepelle also out of the squad following his positive test for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, hooker Adriaan Strauss comes on to the bench, along with uncapped wing Lwazi Mvovo.

Kirchner will start at fullback, Hougaard takes the number nine shirt after a good display off the bench against Wales, while Kankowski packs down at number eight.

“We’ve got a talented squad and a long tour like this gives us an opportunity to try out a few options,” De Villiers said in a statement.

“Francois Hougaard played well for us in the Tri-Nations and did well when he came on on Saturday and brings a different style.

“Ryan is one of two talented eighthmen in the squad and we wanted to give him an opportunity to show us what he can do.”

De Villiers, who is concerned that the whole squad may have been exposed to methylhexaneamine via their energy drinks or products, said that the players had got over the shock of the positive tests.

“There is a process in place in these cases and that is now being followed. As a squad we have moved on and are focusing only on Scotland,” he said.

Having beaten Ireland and Wales, South Africa are hoping to complete a Grand Slam tour by beating Scotland and then England on November 27.

Team: Zane Kirchner; Gio Aplon, Frans Steyn, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard; Ryan Kankowski, Juan Smith, Deon Stegmann; Victor Matfield (captain), Bakkies Botha; Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe, Willem Alberts, Ruan Pienaar, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo. — Reuters

Staff Reporter
Guest Author
Advertisting

Mabuza’s ‘distant relative’ scored big

Eskom’s woes are often because of boiler problems at its power plants. R50-billion has been set aside to fix them, but some of the contracts are going to questionable entities

ANC faction gunning for Gordhan

The ambush will take place at an NEC meeting about Eskom. But the real target is Cyril Ramaphosa

What the law could clarify this year

Lawfare: Major developments are on the cards where law and politics meet, including the first amendment to South Africa’s Bill of Rights

The secret ‘Warmonger’ at the SSA

A listening device acquired by the agency is at the centre of an alleged R600-million fraud operation
Advertising

Press Releases

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Is your tertiary institution is accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

VUT chancellor, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, dies

The university conferred the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi for his outstanding leadership contributions to maths and science education development.

Innovate4AMR now in second year

SA's Team pill-Alert aims to tackle antimicrobial resistance by implementing their strategic intervention that ensures patients comply with treatment.

Medical students present solution in Geneva

Kapil Narain and Mohamed Hoosen Suleman were selected to present their strategic intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance to an international panel of experts.