Francois in the starting line up

FRANCOIS Louw was today drafted into the Springbok match 22 for tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Fiji in Wellington.

He replaces Johann Muller, who had been struggling with hamstring tightness. Muller was assessed by the Springbok medical team on Friday and the decision was taken not to risk aggravating the injury.

Louw made the last of his seven test appearances in the final Tri-Nations match of 2010 season.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said that Willem Alberts would act as lock cover on the bench, and that they had planned for such an eventuality.

“It’s not an ideal situation, but that’s tournament rugby,” said De Villiers. “We knew this was a possibility from earlier in the week so we have made our plans. It’s a long tournament and we have to be sensible and there was no point risking making Johann’s injury worse.”

Saturday’s match kicks off at 6pm (6am SA time).

South Africa v Fiji, 17 September 2011, Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington

 

No

Player

Province

Caps

15

Pat Lambie

KwaZulu-Natal

7

14

Odwa Ndungane

KwaZulu-Natal

8

13

Jaque Fourie

Western Province

65

12

Frans Steyn

Racing Metro, France

44

11

JP Pietersen

KwaZulu-Natal

39

10

Morné Steyn

Blue Bulls

30

9

Fourie du Preez

Blue Bulls

58

8

Pierre Spies

Blue Bulls

43

7

Schalk Burger

Western Province

64

6

Heinrich Brüssow

Free State Cheetahs

16

5

Danie Rossouw

Blue Bulls

59

4

Bakkies Botha

Blue Bulls

74

3

Jannie du Plessis

KwaZulu-Natal

27

2

John Smit (captain)

KwaZulu-Natal

107

1

Gurthrö Steenkamp

Blue Bulls

34

Replacements 

16

Bismarck du Plessis

KwaZulu-Natal

39

17

Tendai Mtawarira

KwaZulu-Natal

29

18

Francois Louw

Bath, England

7

19

Willem Alberts

KwaZulu-Natal

5

20

Francois Hougaard

Blue Bulls

11

21

Ruan Pienaar

Ulster, N Ireland

49

22

Juan de Jongh

Western Province

8

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