Springboks recall Pietersen for Cup semi

Springboks recall Pietersen for Cup semi

South Africa have recalled experienced wing JP Pietersen for their World Cup quarter-final against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

Pietersen – who scored a hat-trick against Samoa – is included in the only change to the starting team that beat the United States 64-0 in the Springboks’ final Pool B match, at London Olympic Stadium last week.

The 63-times capped wing has recovered from a knee injury and takes over from Lwazi Mvovo.

Bryan Habana will revert to the left wing against Wales.

South Africa’s bench shows four changes from the USA game, with the experienced quartet of Adriaan Strauss, Jannie du Plessis, Ruan Pienaar and Pat Lambie among the replacements.

Veteran lock Victor Matfield was again left out because of a hamstring injury, with Eben Etzebeth and Lodewyk de Jager in the second row.

South Africa suffered a shock 34-32 loss to Japan in their opening match of this tournament but recovered to top Pool B.

Wales, who beat South Africa 12-6 in Cardiff in the teams most recent meeting in November last year, were due to name their side on Thursday.

South Africa (15-1)

Willie le Roux; JP Pietersen, Jesse Kriel, Damien de Allende, Bryan Habana; Handre Pollard, Fourie du Preez (capt); Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Francois Louw; Lodewyk de Jager, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Res: Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Willem Alberts, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan Serfontein

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