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Springboks centre Andre Esterhuizen on the charge. Photo: SA Rugby website.

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Are these the new faces to expect in Springboks team?

The Springboks are expected to field a new-look team against Romania this Sunday. Here are the fresh faces to look out for.

13-09-23 07:57
Andre Esterhuizen Springboks
Springboks centre Andre Esterhuizen on the charge. Photo: SA Rugby website.

Eben Etzebeth is the only injury casualty from the Springboks’ physical World Cup opening encounter against Scotland, but there are still expected to be a host of changes to a new-look side to face minnows Romania in their next game.

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These are the players who didn’t feature against Scotland, but can be expected to receive game-time against Romania.

Canan Moodie – back from injury, and it will be interesting to see him get another likely run at outside centre.

Andre Esterhuizen – huge opportunity to make another big statement at 12.

Makazole Mapimpi – he has a different role compared to four years ago, and will want to make a big impact.

Jaden Hendrikse – he may have slipped down the pecking order at scrumhalf, but should start this weekend.

Kwagga Smith – after quite a surprise omission against Scotland, he will want to come raring back.

Marvin Orie – the big lock will be determined to make the most of his start at No 5.

Jean Kleyn – If Eben Etzebeth doesn’t recover in time to face Ireland, Kleyn will want to prove he can step in.

Deon Fourie – For this game it’s likely that Fourie will cover hooker, and he will want to prove he’s got what it takes.

Cobus Reinach – With four scrumhalves in the Bok squad, Reinach will want to offer another reminder of the competition that exists.

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15 Willie le Roux, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Canan Moodie, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.

16 Deon Fourie, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Cobus Reinach, 23 Manie Libbok.

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Props: Steven Kitshoff (Ulster – 74 caps, 10 points), Vincent Koch (Cell C Sharks – 45 caps, 0 points), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers – 61 caps, 5 points), Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks – 19 caps, 0 points), Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92 – 61 caps, 5 points).

Hookers: Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks – 60 caps, 60 points), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears – 61 caps, 75 points).

Locks: Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks – 112 caps, 25 points), Jean Kleyn (Munster – 2 caps, 0 points), Marvin Orie (Perpignan – 14 caps, 0 points), RG Snyman (Munster – 26 caps, 5 points).

Loose Forwards: Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz – 69 caps, 30 points), Siya Kolisi (captain – Racing 92 – 75 caps, 45 points), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs – 33 caps, 25 points), Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls – 12 caps, 0 points), Duane Vermeulen (SA Rugby – 68 caps, 15 points), Jasper Wiese (Leicester – 22 caps, 5 points).

Utility Forwards: Deon Fourie (DHL Stormers – 7 caps, 0 points), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat – 65 caps, 15 points).

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Scrumhalves: Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles – 48 caps, 44 points), Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks – 12 caps, 12 points), Cobus Reinach (Montpelllier – 25 caps, 45 points), Grant Williams (Cell C Sharks – 4 caps, 0 points).

Flyhalves: Manie Libbok (DHL Stormers – 7 caps, 45 points), Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers – 31 caps, 36 points).

Centres: Damian de Allende (Panasonic Wild Knights – 72 caps, 50 points), Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins – 13 caps, 0 points), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles – 61 caps, 60 points).

Outside Backs: Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls – 9 caps, 50 points), Cheslin Kolbe (Suntory Sungoliath – 25 caps, 81 points), Willie le Roux (Vodacom Bulls – 86 caps, 65 points), Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks – 38 caps, 115 points), Canan Moodie (Vodacom Bulls – 6 caps, 10 points).

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