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Rugby | Springboks

Watercooler chat: Springbok team announcement

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer announced his side to face Ireland on Saturday, and as expected he has stuck mainly with the players that did duty in the Castle Rugby Championship.

The big news from the announcement is that Pat Lambie will start at flyhalf, while JP Pietersen and Juandre Kruger also make a return to the starting line-up.

The team is on hand to discuss all things Bok-related. We'll try to give all the relevant news updates, statistics and video footage, but most importantly we want to hear from you.

To send us your questions and opinions, you can make use of either the facebook comments section at the bottom of the article, reply inside the storify widget or use the twitter hashtag #sswatercooler.

Today's contributers will be site editor Johan Coetzee, content producer Thando Mxoli and senior correspondents Brenden Nel and Gavin Rich.

To get the ball rolling we've asked our contributers to each give us their staring XV for Saturday. Let's see who gets it right.

Dream Bok lineups:

Brenden Nel (@brendennel): Jaco Taute; Lwazi Mvovo, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, JP Pietersen, Elton Jantjies, Ruan Pienaar; Duanne Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandre Kruger, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira.

Gavin Rich (@blobby15): Jaco Taute, JP Pietersen, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (c), Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandre Kruger, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Beast.

Johan Coetzee (@jwcoetzee): Pat Lambie, JP Pietersen, Jaco Taute, Juan de Jongh, Lwazi Mvovo, Elton Jantjies, Francois Hougaard, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandre Kruger (c), Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Tendai Mtawarira.

Thando Mxoli (@thand082): Zane Kirchner, JP Pietersen, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Lwazi Mvovo, Elton Jantjies, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandre Kruger, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie Du Plessis,Chiliboy Ralepelle, Beast Mtawarira

Agree? Disagree? And what do you make of Heyneke's selections?


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