27 Sep 2011

Sport: Matfield returns to skipper Boks against Samoa

11:45 am on 27 September 2011

Victor Matfield will captain the Springbok team to play Samoa in their decisive Pool D World Cup clash at North Harbour Stadium on Friday night.

Matfield's inclusion is one of seven changes to the team that defeated Namibia 87-0 at the same venue last week.

Regular skipper John Smit drops to the bench, in with Bismarck du Plessis to start his first match of the tournament.

Wing JP Pietersen and halfback Fourie du Preez are among the other returnees to the starting line-up.

The Springboks need at least one point from the match against Samoa to be sure of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

The team is:

"15-Pat Lambie, 14-JP Pietersen, 13-Jaque Fourie, 12-Frans Steyn, 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Morne Steyn, 9-Fourie du Preez, 8-Pierre Spies, 7-Schalk Burger, 6-Heinrich Brussow, 5-Victor Matfield (captain), 4-Danie Rossouw, 3-Jannie du Plessis, 2-Bismarck du Plessis, 1-Tendai Mtawarira."

Replacements: 16-John Smit, 17-Gurthro Steenkamp, 18-CJ van der Linde, 19-Willem Alberts, 20-Francois Louw, 21-Francois Hougaard, 22-Jean de Villiers.

Samoa names its team on Wednesday afternoon.