Rugby Championship: South Africa make wholesale changes for clash with Australia
Last Updated: 05/09/14 1:46pm
Veteran lock Victor Matfield has been recalled to the South Africa side for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash with Australia in Perth.
Matfield returns to the engine room as one of a number of changes made by coach Heyneke Meyer on the back of the victories against Argentina in the opening two rounds of the competition.
Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira, Marcell Coetzee, Morne Steyn and Jan Serfontein are also included in the side.
Trevor Nyakane, Marcel van der Merwe, Warren Whiteley and Pat Lambie come into the squad, joining Bismarck du Plessis and Lood de Jager on the bench
Gurthro Steenkamp, Juan Smith, Handre Pollard and Damian de Allende are among those to drop out of the match-day squad.
"We were always planning in moving our personnel around during the competition," Meyer said.
"The only new player in the team is Warren, whom I'm very happy for and excited to see what he can do. He covers all three positions in the loose trio and can make an impact later in the game.
"Saturday's Test against Australia will take a massive effort from every member of our squad. We're not looking at their recent result against New Zealand and we know they will be a tough opponent."
The match will be Bryan Habana's 100th Test - and Meyer has paid tribute to the former IRB Player of the Year.
"Apart from scoring tries and always giving 100 percent on the field, Bryan is also a humble servant to the game and a true ambassador for his family, his friends and his country," Meyer said.
"He will go down in history as one of the greatest rugby players of all time."
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Victor Matfield, 6 Francois Louw, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 8 Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lwazi Mvovo
Watch South Africa take on Australia live on Sky Sports 3 on Saturday, with coverage from 11.05am on Saturday morning.