Du Preez back in Springbok fold, Vermeulen fit

Fourie du Preez on bench for Springboks after 2-year absence, Duane Vermeulen back at No. 8

Du Preez back in Springbok fold, Vermeulen fit

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is returning to the Springboks fold after a two-year absence as coach Heyneke Meyer named him on the bench for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against Argentina.

Japan-based Du Preez will have the chance of a first appearance for the national team since the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. He was joined by France-based prop Gurthro Steenkamp, who also returns as one of South Africa's replacements.

Du Preez, now 31, and Steenkamp were two of four changes to South Africa's 23 from its last test against Samoa. Juandre Kruger comes in at lock for Flip van der Merwe and Duane Vermeulen has recovered from injury to return at No. 8.

Flyhalf Morne Steyn and wing Bryan Habana retained their starting places despite recently joining overseas clubs.

Updated : 2021-03-08 06:44 GMT+08:00