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Rugby, Australian Football: Three new faces in South Africa side

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posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 03:25 PM
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Springbok coach Jake White brushed aside injury worries as he handed out three new caps for Saturday's first Test against Ireland in Bloemfontein.

Scrum-half Fourie du Preez, winger Henno Mentz and tighthead prop Eddie Andrews will all start, but there are still major injury concerns that need to be addressed in the 22-man squad.

Bok tighthead Faan Rautenbach underwent surgery to remove cartilage on his knee last week and is a doubtful starter, while centre and tackling kingpin De Wet Barry twisted his ankle during training.

Pedrie Wannenburg, who missed the midweek practice match against a Central Unions XV, has also been included, as has prop Os du Randt, who has been unable to train.

Of the injured players, Barry's ankle is a major worry as he will have a key role in the Test in trying to stop the Irish midfield duo of Gordon Darcy and Brian O'Driscoll.

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