Springboks change all 15 for RWC warmup vs. Argentina
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa has changed all 15 starters for its Rugby World Cup warmup test against Argentina, including the recall of captain Siya Kolisi for his first international this season after injury.
Kolisi returns at openside flanker but is not captain for this game as he concentrates on proving his fitness before South Africa starts the World Cup in Japan next month against two-time defending champion New Zealand.
Hooker Schalk Brits leads the team that also includes Europe-based players Vincent Koch at prop, Marcell Coetzee at No. 8 and Cobus Reinach at scrumhalf.
The Springboks beat Argentina in Argentina last weekend to clinch the Rugby Championship and their first southern hemisphere title in 10 years, a big boost for the World Cup campaign.