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One change for Springboks squad

Springboks prop Jannie du Plessis
Du Plessis won the last of his seven caps against England November 2008

South Africa have kept faith with the players who beat the British and Irish Lions for their Tri-Nations opener against New Zealand on 25 July.

Prop Jannie du Plessis is the only player in the 23-man squad who did not feature in the 2-1 series victory.

The world champions welcome back lock Bakkies Botha after he served a two-week suspension for dangerous charging.

But Schalk Burger is absent as he will miss the Boks' first three games after being banned for eye-gouging.

Utility forward Danie Rossouw is also included in the squad after recovering from concussion sustained during the dramatic 28-25 second Test victory against the Lions in Pretoria.


However, backs Wynand Olivier, Zane Kirchner, Odwa Ndungane and Jongi Nokwe, who all played in the 28-9 third Test defeat in Johannesburg, missed out on selection.

"The core squad that secured the series win (against the Lions) in the first two Tests has great potential as a unit and we believe that they have much more to offer," said South Africa coach Pieter de Villiers said in a statement.

"That is why we have made sure that we have remained consistent in our selection policy."

South Africa squad for the Tri-Nations:
Forwards: Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Heinrich Brussow, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski, Victor Matfield, Tendai Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Danie Rossouw, John Smit (captain), Juan Smith, Pierre Spies.

Backs: Jean de Villiers, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Adrian Jacobs, Ricky Januarie, Ruan Pienaar, J.P. Pietersen, Francois Steyn, Morne Steyn

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