- Fit-again Bryan Habana returns on the left wing
- Nizaam Carr comes into starting side at No 6
- Pieter-Steph du Toit moves back to lock
Record try-scorer Bryan Habana is back at left wing for the Springboks when they face Italy in Florence on Saturday, while Nizaam Carr will get his first start for South Africa against the same opponents he made his Test debut against two years ago.
In a third change to the starting team, Pieter-Steph du Toit, the 2016 SA Rugby Player of the Year, will move back to lock in the place of Eben Etzebeth, who was not considered for selection because of the concussion he suffered against England.
This brings to an unfortunate end an impressive run of 31 consecutive Test matches for the Springboks by Etzebeth.
Du Toit’s move to lock, where he will partner Lood de Jager, opened up a position in the back row, where Carr will start following his stint off the bench last week at Twickenham.
The rest of the team that played England in London was kept unchanged, but Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has made three changes to the bench, with Trevor Nyakane (prop), Oupa Mohoje (loose forward) and Elton Jantjies (flyhalf) all returning to the match 23.
Meanwhile, prop Tendai Mtawarira will play in his 90th match in the Springbok jersey and will earn his 86th Test cap for South Africa.
The Test between the two sides will be played at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, a football stadium in Florence, and it will be the first time that South Africa will play at this venue.
The Springbok team to face Italy in Florence:
|No||Name and surname||Province/Club||Caps||Test Points|
|15||Willie le Roux||Canon Eagles (Japan)||40||50|
|14||Ruan Combrinck||Xerox Golden Lions||5||15|
|13||Francois Venter||Toyota Free State Cheetahs||1||0|
|12||Damian de Allende||DHL Western Province||21||10|
|11||Bryan Habana (vice-capt)||Toulon (France)||123||330|
|10||Pat Lambie||Cell C Sharks||54||146|
|9||Rudy Paige||Vodacom Blue Bulls||6||0|
|8||Warren Whiteley||Docomo Red Hurricanes (Japan)||13||15|
|7||Willem Alberts||Stade Francais (France)||42||35|
|6||Nizaam Carr||DHL Western Province||3||0|
|5||Lood de Jager||Vodacom Blue Bulls||26||20|
|4||Pieter-Steph du Toit||DHL Western Province||18||15|
|3||Vincent Koch||Saracens (England)||8||0|
|2||Adriaan Strauss (captain)||Vodacom Blue Bulls||64||30|
|1||Tendai Mtawarira||Cell C Sharks||85||10|
|16||Bongi Mbonambi||DHL Western Province||4||0|
|17||Steven Kitshoff||Bordeaux (France)||8||0|
|18||Trevor Nyakane||Vodacom Blue Bulls||26||5|
|19||Franco Mostert||Ricoh Black Rams (Japan)||5||0|
|20||Teboho Mohojé||Toyota Free State Cheetahs||14||0|
|21||Faf de Klerk||Xerox Golden Lions||9||0|
|22||Elton Jantjies||NTT Shining Arcs (Japan)||9||69|
|23||Johan Goosen||Racing 92 (France)||11||25|