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Start for De Jongh?

 Nov 13,2012
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has hinted that centre Juan de Jongh is set to start Saturday's Test against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Meyer indicated that although he views full-back to be Jaco Taute’s best position, he was contemplating playing him and De Jongh in the midfield to give skipper Jean de Villiers a break.

De Jongh's omission from the starting XV for the Test against Ireland raised some eyebrows as he was the star of Western Province’s win over the Sharks in the Currie Cup final in Durban last month.

But Meyer admitted that he was likely to be in the run-on side this weekend.

"I definitely want to give Juan a chance, the reason I left him out last week was just because I wanted to keep changes to a minimum from the perspective of what we needed on defence," Meyer told Supersport

"I haven’t made up my mind completely about this yet, and I still need to talk to a few people, but I would like to institute a rotation policy in the midfield.

"I thought Jaco Taute played his best test so far against Ireland, so it is a case of whether we play Jaco and Juan together in the midfield, or whether we pair up Juan with Jean."

Meyer confirmed that De Villiers could not be in action against Scotland.

"I am thinking of giving Jean a rest this week as he has been struggling a bit with that hamstring injury that has been bothering him recently," he said.

"I still believe full-back is Jaco’s best position, and would love to play him there now, but I don’t want to make too many changes for the Scotland game.

"I think we should be looking to build momentum, and we did not play well last time out against Ireland. I have a lot of respect for Scotland." 

 

 

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