South Africa v Japan: Malcolm Marx on bench for Rugby World Cup match
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Hooker Malcolm Marx has been left from this South Africa starting XV to face Japan in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Even the 25-year-old will be on the bench as Mbongeni Mbonambi begins.
Makazole Mapimpi and wings Cheslin Kolbe equally begin, with Handre Pollard in 10 and Damian Allende in 12.
Secondly row Lood de Jager, who will proceed to Sale following the championship, is also included.
Coach Rassie Erasmus has named the starting XV that beat against Italy 49-3 in their pool match, following a side swatted aside Canada 66-7 to secure second place
Marx is one of three players who were chosen to initiate the meeting with New Zealand about the tournaments opening weekend, but have dropped from favour.
Bongi is unquestionably a physical, brutal, scrummaging, in-your-face hooker. Malcolm is very much in exactly the exact same mould, and both will get near 40 minutes, said Erasmus.
However, Bongi in the first half, and in the event the game opens up a tiny bit longer in the second half, Malcolm from the second half will benefit the group by selecting it in this way.
South Africa fell prey to arguably the greatest shock at the history of this World Cup when losing to Japan in at Brighton in the pool stages of the 2015 championship, but recorded a detailed 41-7 victory when the teams met for the first time since within an warm-up match in September.
That result is nearly irrelevant. We can overlook Brighton and Kumagaya now, and revolve around the quarter-finals, added Erasmus.
The way Japan have improved since that game is enormous, as theyve defeated Ireland and Scotland, and topped the pool. And then they did it.
Saying they have improved is accurate, but we feel we have also improved a great deal since that match.
There are enormous expectations in a quarter-final – it is not a friendly. It is about who manages the strain the very best, and expectations that the best.
Erasmus announced his group over 24 hours until he was required to, but said hedidnt care very about giving Japan counterpart Jamie Joseph prior knowledge of his line-up.
If they will change their group due to the way we picked our team, then I think there are a few issues within their team selection policy, he said.
South Africa: Le Roux: Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk, Mtawarira, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi (c), Du Toit, Vermeulen
Replacements: Marx Koch Mostert, Louw, H Jantjies, Steyn
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