South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer names unchanged XV for New Zealand semi-final

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer names unchanged XV for New Zealand semi-final

Coach Heyneke Meyer has named an unchanged South Africa starting XV to play New Zealand in the semi-final at Twickenham on Saturday.

Veteran lock Victor Matfield returns from a hamstring injury to the replacements bench in the only change to the matchday 23 who defeated Wales on 17 October.

South Africa name the same team that beat Wales in the quarter-final.

The Springboks have made a steadily decreasing number of changes to their starting XV at Rugby World Cup 2015: 8-3-2-1-0.

It is the first time since RWC 2007 that the Springboks make no changes to their starting line-up between successive World Cup matches.

Matfield replaces Pieter-Steph du Toit in the No 19 jersey.

This starting line-up has 701 test caps' worth of experience, just one fewer than the most experienced starting lineup the All Blacks have ever faced in a World Cup match.

This South Africa 23 contains eight players that were involved in the team's most recent World Cup semi-final match in 2007. JP Pietersen, Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez, Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger started in that match and Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis and Ruan Pienaar came on as replacements.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer names unchanged XV for New Zealand semi-final

Schalk Bruger makes his 19th Rugby World Cup appearance.

Burger will extend the team record for most RWC appearances to 19.

South Africa

1. Tendai Mtawarira, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 3. Frans Malherbe, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Lood de Jager, 6. Francois Louw, 7. Schalk Burger, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 9. Fourie du Preez (captain), 10. Handré Pollard, 11. Bryan Habana, 12. Damian De Allende, 13. Jesse Kriel, 14. JP Pietersen, 15. Willie le Roux.

Replacements: 16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Jannie du Plessis, 19. Victor Matfield, 20. Willem Alberts, 21. Ruan Pienaar, 22. Pat Lambie, 23. Jan Serfontein.

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