De Klerk, Kolbe appointed to a strong South African A team

Faf De Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe are among the players in a strong South African A-Team that will face the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Lukhanyo Am is the skipper of a team consisting of nine men who played in the Springboks’ 2019 World Cup victory against England.

Five players keep the starting places from the 40: 9 win against Georgia on July 2 in Willie Le Roux, Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Franco Mostert, Eben Etzebeth and Trevor Nyakane.

The experienced figure of Morne Steyn was also appointed to the team by coach Jacques Nienaber.

The second test against Georgia planned for last Friday was canceled due to coronavirus infections in both camps.

While it turned out at the weekend that a new group of South African players and staff, including Captain Siya Kolisi, had tested positive, a significant part of the squad was able to resume after six days of isolation and six days of training on Sunday’s rounds of PCR- Testing.

With Nienaber still self-isolating, South Africa’s rugby director Rassie Erasmus has been tasked with training.

“We are pleased to be able to name a quality team with a number of experienced players despite the challenges last week when the entire squad was confined to their rooms as part of the team’s preventive self-isolation measures,” said Nienaber in a statement

South Africa A: Willie le Roux; Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Sbu Nkosi; Morné Steyn, Faf de Klerk; Steven Kitshoff, Joseph Dweba, Trevor Nyakane; Etzebeth, Franco Mostert; Marco van Staden, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jasper Wiese.

Substitutes: Malcolm Marx, Coenie Oosthuizen, Vincent Koch, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Rynhardt Elstadt, Herschel Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Damian Willemse, Kwagga Smith, Elton Jantjies

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