Damian Willemse at full-back as South Africa rotate for Canada clash

South Africa vs Canada
World Cup
11:15am Tuesday 8th October

Damian Willemse begins at full-back in which success will secure a quarter-final place for the Springboks as South Africa made 13 modifications due to their Rugby World Cup Pool B struggle against minnows on Canada at Kobe on Tuesday.
Willemse was an injury replacement for center Jesse Kriel, but was selected from the number 15 jersey in a rear three which comprises Warrick Gelant and Sbu Nkosi on the wings.
Damian probably would have left the World Cup team when he wasnt hurt, however is match-fit now having played two matches for (English club) Saracens, coach Rassie Erasmus told colleagues in Kobe on Sunday.
He is far more comfortable at 15 and understands our systems, while Warrick has performed wing before.
Frans Steyn and damian de Allende constitute the pairing, even while Elton Jantjies requires more at fly-half and will want an improved performance in their second pool match after a showing at the mauling of Namibia. Cobus Reinach at scrum-half will partners him.
While Kwagga Smith is on the side of the scrum and Francois Louw at number eight, captain Siya Kolisi was kept to acquire following an injury-ravaged season.
You have to ensure a man strikes kind and maintains form when you reach the essential matches of the World Cup, Erasmus says of this decision to maintain Kolisi in the line-up.
Were happy hes peaking, last weekend (against Italy) that he had been excellent and yet another game like that going into quarterfinals can do him the world of good
RG Snyman and franco Mostert will be Thomas du Toit package, Vincent Koch and the two locks down in the front row at prop, together with Schalk Brits at hooker.
A four-day turnaround involving evaluations is a challenge but wed planned for this and will be well prepared, Erasmus said.
This game is at least as essential as the three which we have already played it has the exact identical number of log points available and the identical effect on our odds of qualifying and we must now complete the task.
There are several new mixes in our group but we have been together for many months and everyone knows our gameplan and strategies.
The wonderful thing is that in the close of the match every member of the squad will have started a Rugby World Cup match
South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Warrick Gelant, 13 Damian de Allende, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 1 Thomas du Toit, 2 Schalk Brits, 3 Vincent Koch, 4 RG Snyman, 5 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 7 Kwagga Smith, 8 Francois Louw
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux.

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