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Beast withdrawn from Bok team

CJ van der Linde, capped 73 times for the Springboks, will start at loosehead prop against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday following the late withdrawal of Tendai Mtawarira from the test.

Heinke van der Merwe, who has played in one test for the Springboks in 2007, will take Van der Linde’s place on the bench.

The decision to withdraw Mtawarira is a precautionary measure after he had a recurrence of mild heart palpitations on Saturday morning.

He was admitted to hospital for observation on Saturday morning, and later discharged.

A decision on his continued participation on the tour will be taken at a later stage.

UPDATED SPRINGBOK TEAM 15-Zane Kirchner, 14-JP Pietersen, 13- Jaco Taute,12- Jean de Villiers (capt), 11- Francois Hougaard, 10-Patrick Lambie, 9- Ruan Pienaar, 8- Duane Vermeulen, 7. Willem Alberts, 6- Francois Louw, 5- Juandre Kruger, 4- Eben Etzebeth, 3- Jannie du Plessis, 2- Adriaan Strauss, 1- CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16- Schalk Brits,17- Heinke van der Merwe, 18- Pat Cilliers, 19- Flip van der Merwe, 20- Marcell Coetzee, 21- Morne Steyn, 22- Juan de Jongh, 23- Lwazi Mvovo.

Read Gavin Rich's preview of the test against Ireland.


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