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Friday, December 09, 2022

Veteran Stein starts with the fly half in Springboks Vs. Argentina – Sports

Veteran Stein starts with the fly half in Springboks Vs.  Argentina - Sports

DURBAN, South Africa ( Associated Press) – South Africa were to pick up 35-year-old veteran France Stein for the final of the crucial rugby tournament against Argentina on Tuesday.

The Springboks had already lost the top 10 to Hendre Pollard and Elton Jantzi before Damien Willems suffered an injury in a 36-20 win over the Pumas in Argentina last Saturday.

It forced coach Jack Nenbar to take Stein, an influential player for the past three years, off the bench, an unusual start to the following Saturday.

South Africa made another change in their 15th debut and returned Peter-Steff du Toit to Franco Mostart.

Nienaber also returned to the bench 6-2 and was split ahead for the match in Durban, meaning that reserve scrum-half Faf de Klerk should also cover the fly-half if needed. Wing court Lee Arendsi is the other full-back on the bench after serving a four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on New Zealander Bowden Barrett in the first round of the tournament.

Hawker Bunge returned from injury to take a place in Mbonambe Reserve.

Defending champions New Zealand and South Africa are tied on 14 points, with the All Blacks leading the points gap.

New Zealand host Australia first on Saturday, which means the Springboks will know the outcome of that game and what they need to do against the Puma to win the title.

Australia and Argentina also have little chance of winning the tournament.

South Africa: Willie Le Roux, Canon Moody, Jesse Creel, Damien de Allende, Makaazul Mbambe, France Stein, Jaden Hendrixie; Jasper Weiss, Peter Steve du Tweet, Sia Colesie (Captain), Lud de Geiger, Eben Etzbeth, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Stephen Kichoff. Reserves: Bonji Mobonambi, Aux Necht, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostart, Duane Vermeulen, Quagga Smith, Fave de Clercq, Kurt Lee Arendse.

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