Boks mix it up for Johannesburg test.

Francois Hougaard comes in at 9.

Many changes to the line-up see Gio Aplon, JP Pietersen, Frans Hougaard, Juan Smith and Jannie du Plessis all come back in. Gio Aplon has his first start at full back for South Africa, such an important position in defence, especially so against New Zealand. The centre partnership of Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh is to me the best the Boks can put out. Whilst up front, Flip Van Der Merwe gets a first start at lock and will relish going up against Brad Thorn. Ricky Januarie in my eyes has done little wrong but Hougaard may give the back line a similar spark. Whether the changes will make SA stop the All Blacks though is open to debate, such has been there impressive form so far.

South Africa: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Butch James, 22 Wynand Olivier.

Date: Saturday, August 21
Kick-off: 17:00 (15:00 GMT)
Venue: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


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