De Villiers back for Springboks

Jean de Villiers has been recalled by South Africa for Saturday's Tri Nations clash with newly-crowned champions New Zealand. [more]

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Jean de Villiers has been recalled by South Africa for Saturday’s Tri Nations clash with newly-crowned champions New Zealand.

De Villiers replaces Wynand Olivier at inside centre in the only change from the side beaten 20-18 by Australia in their last outing almost three weeks ago.

However, openside flanker Juan Smith is an injury doubt after suffering a leg injury on Wednesday morning and he faces a scan to determine how serious the problem is.

A decision on his participation will be made on Wednesday afternoon.

Ruan Pienaar is named on the bench, while Andre Pretorius also earns a recall among the replacements.

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The All Blacks have made 11 changes from the side which retained the title following Saturday’s 34-27 win against the Wallabies.

Team: Percy Montgomery; Akona Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana; Butch James, Fourie du Preez; Os du Randt, John Smit (capt), CJ van der Linde, Johann Muller, Victor Matfield, Solly Tyibilika, Juan Smith, Jacques Cronje.

Replacements: Eddie Andrews, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Albert van den Berg, Joe van Niekerk, Ruan Pienaar, Wynand Olivier, Andre Pretorius.

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