Springboks Coach Allister Coetzee makes solidarity changes in the bokke squad to play in the second test against France at King’s Park on Saturday.
Lionel Mapoe has replaced Jesse Kriel at outside centre as the only change to South Africa’s match-day 23 as the Springboks seek to continue their revival in the second test against France.
Kriel suffered a concussion in the Boks’ 37-14 first test win at Loftus Versfeld last weekend. Mapoe missed the game with a hamstring strain.
Coach Allister Coetzee has decided against bringing in experienced World Cup winner Frans Steyn from the start for the second test, which would have necessitated a move by Jan Serfontein from the number 12 to 13 jersey.
“Jan had a very good match at inside centre in Pretoria and we wanted a specialist at number 13 as replacement for Jesse, so Mapoe is a logical choice. It also means we’re preventing making two changes to the team,” Coetzee said in a press release from SA Rugby on Thursday.
“We kept changes to a minimum and one change to the squad means we can continue to work on our continuity, which is so important.
“This is a new group, so playing together again means that the important combinations are gaining more experience. It is also nice to reward good performances and all of them deserve another opportunity.”