South Africa named fly-half Johan Goosen for his first Test start in this weekend’s Rugby Championship match against Australia in Pretoria.
The 20-year-old’s inclusion in place of Morne Steyn is one of three changes to the team that took the field for the 21-11 loss in New Zealand 11 days ago.
“I’ve maintained from the outset that I won’t rush Johan, but I feel he is now ready to start a Test for South Africa,” Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer said in an e-mailed statement. “I’m excited to see what he can bring.”
Eben Etzebeth and Andries Bekker will be in the second row against the Wallabies on Sept. 29. Etzebeth returns after missing the previous match because of a suspension.
Inside center Frans Steyn will begin the game if he passes a fitness test on his injured ankle in two days. If he doesn’t, Jaco Taute will make his Test debut, with Juan de Jongh called to the bench.
World champion New Zealand tops the standings with 16 points and can secure the inaugural title with a victory in Argentina in three days. Australia has eight points, South Africa seven and Argentina three.
SOUTH AFRICA: Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers (captain), Frans Steyn/Jaco Taute, Francois Hougaard, Johan Goosen, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Andries Bekker, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Tiaan Liebenberg, Coenie Oosthuizen, Flip van der Merwe, Marcell Coetzee, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute/Juan de Jongh, Pat Lambie.
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