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Springboks recall flanker Burger

SOUTH AFRICA v BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
Date: Saturday, 27 June Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Kick-off: 1400 BST (1500 local time)
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Schalk Burger picture in action for South Africa
Burger is back in action after shaking off a calf injury

South Africa make one change for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions with flanker Schalk Burger returning in place of Heinrich Brussow.

Burger missed the first Test with a calf injury and his return at open-side sees Brussow drop to the bench for the match in Pretoria.

Hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle comes onto the bench, with Gurthro Steenkamp and Ricky Januarie dropped from the squad.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after Saturday's 26-21 win.

South Africa coach Peter de Villiers has gone for a five-two forward split in his replacements, with versatile fly-half Ruan Pienaar acting as cover for Fourie du Preez at scrum-half.

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Burger, the 2004 International Rugby Board player of the year, will win his 50th cap when he runs out at Loftus Versfeld.

"It's nice to be back on the Springbok line-up again, especially against the Lions and for my 50th cap," said Burger.

"You only get one opportunity in a lifetime to play against the Lions, so this is very special.

"It was pretty worried when I got the injury in the Super 14 and it's been slow to recover. But the calf muscle has been improving."

The Lions will name their team for the second Test on Thursday.

The third and final Test takes place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 4 July.


South Africa: F Steyn (Sharks); JP Pietersen (Sharks), A Jacobs (Sharks), J de Villiers (Stormers), B Habana (Bulls); R Pienaar (Sharks), F du Preez (Bulls); T Mtawarira (Sharks), B du Plessis (Sharks), J Smit (Sharks), B Botha (Bulls), V Matfield (Bulls), S Burger (Stormers), J Smith (Cheetahs), P Spies (Bulls).

Replacements: C Ralepelle (Bulls), D Carstens (Sharks), A Bekker (Stormers), D Rossouw (Bulls), H Brussow (Cheetahs), J Fourie (Lions), M Steyn (Bulls).



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see also
Williams faces last Lions chance
23 Jun 09 |  Rugby Union
Hook passed fit for Lions bench
22 Jun 09 |  Rugby Union
Emerging Springboks 13-13 Lions
23 Jun 09 |  Rugby Union
South Africa 26-21 Lions
20 Jun 09 |  Rugby Union
Southern Kings 8-20 Lions
16 Jun 09 |  Rugby Union
Sharks 3-39 Lions
10 Jun 09 |  Rugby Union
Cheetahs 24-26 Lions
06 Jun 09 |  Rugby Union
Golden Lions 10-74 Lions
03 Jun 09 |  Rugby Union
Royal XV 25-37 Lions
30 May 09 |  Rugby Union
Lions squad selector
07 May 09 |  Rugby Union
2009 Lions: Squad & results
09 Jul 09 |  Rugby Union


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