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New Zealand debut for Lima Sopoaga
24 Jul 2015 09:09
Fly-half Lima Sopoaga and lock James Broadhurst will make their New Zealand debuts against South Africa on Saturday (4.05pm Irish time) after being named in the starting side for the Rugby Championship Test. Coach Steve Hansen continued his project to build depth in all positions ahead of the World Cup defence later this year with Sopoaga and Broadhurst rewarded for fine seasons in Super Rugby. Sopoaga's half-back partnership with Aaron Smith helped the Otago Highlanders to their maiden title, while the athletic Broadhurst's Wellington Hurricanes were losing finalists. With Aaron Cruden likely to miss the World Cup because of a knee injury and Dan Carter rested, Sopoaga will have a chance to press for a spot in the World Cup squad ahead of Colin Slade, who drops off the bench to make way for Beauden Barrett.
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New Zealand: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Charles Piutau, 10-Lima Sopoaga, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Liam Messam, 5-James Broadhurst, 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Dane Coles, 1-Tony Woodcock.
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Schalk Burger will captain South Africa, capping a remarkable return from a life-threatening illness.
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Just two years ago his family were told to say their goodbyes to the forward after he became ill from bacterial meningitis after having a cyst close to his spinal cord.
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Coach Heyneke Meyer handed Burger the captaincy in the absence of injury victims Jean de Villiers and Victor Matfield.
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South Africa: 15-Willie le Roux, 14-JP Pietersen, 13-Jesse Kriel, 12-Damian de Allende, 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Handre Pollard, 9-Ruan Pienaar; 8-Schalk Burger (captain), 7-Francois Louw, 6-Heinrich Brussow, 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Jannie du Plessis, 2-Bismarck du Plessis, 1-Tendai Mtawarira.
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Matt Giteau misses Australia's Test against Argentina in Mendoza (Saturday 11.40pm) because of a chest injury sustained on his return from international exile at the weekend. The 32-year-old centre played his first Test in four years in Saturday's 24-20 victory over South Africa.
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Australia: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13-Tevita Kuridrani, 12-Matt Toomua, 11-Joe Tomane, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Nick Phipps, 8-Ben McCalman, 7-David Pocock, 6-Scott Fardy, 5-Rob Simmons, 4-Will Skelton, 3-Greg Holmes, 2-Stephen Moore (captain), 1-James Slipper.
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Argentina wing Gonzalo Camacho makes his international comeback after three shoulder operations in two years.
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Camacho, who damaged his shoulder against New Zealand in Hamilton in September 2013, is one of seven changes that coach Daniel Hourcade has made to the team that lost 39-18 to the All Blacks in Christchurch last weekend.
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Argentina: 15-Santiago Cordero, 14-Gonzalo Camacho, 13-Matias Moroni, 12-Juan Pablo Socino, 11-Juan Imhoff, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 9-Martin Landajo; 8-Facundo Isa, 7-Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6-Javier Ortega Desio, 5-Tomas Lavanini, 4-Manuel Carizza, 3-Ramiro Herrera, 2-Agustin Creevy (captain), 1-Marcos Ayerza
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