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Wales have made two changes to their side that slipped to a comprehensive 38-16 defeat last weekend in the first Test of the two match series against the Springboks in Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit.
The 21 year old prop Samson Lee, who came on as a replacement last Saturday, makes his first start for his country, after four appearances from the bench. He replaces Adam Jones who last week made his 100th Test match appearance, but was taken off after 30 minutes, as the South Africa dominated the Welsh scrum.
Scarlets wing forward; Josh Turnbull comes in for Aaron Shingler, and completes a back row with Lions pair Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau.
Captain Alun Wyn Jones is set to win his 80th cap, and will partner Luke Charteris in the engine room. After much speculation about his place in the team, Mike Phillips keeps his place at scrum half, and will partner Dan Biggar at fly half.
If the Welsh forwards can win a decent share of possession, then they will hope that the British Lions centre pairing of Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies, with George North and Alex Cuthbert on the wings can do some damage to the Springboks defense, as the Wales side look for their first ever win on South African soil.
Posted: 14th June 2014
South Africa and Wales clash in Kings Park Stadium Durban on Saturday in the first of a two match Test series both having won warm up games in the past week.
The Springboks took on a scratch World XV last weekend and came through 47-13, while Wales played Currie Cup opposition in the Eastern Province Kings on Tuesday, running out winners by 34-12.
The home side has made three changes to the side that started last weekend's win against the invitation outfit.
With centre Frans Steyn forced to withdraw from the squad on Tuesday. The 21 year old Jan Serfontein is drafted in as his replacement. Ulster's Ruan Pienaar is dropped to the replacements bench to make way for Fourie du Preez at scrum half, while Gurthro Steenkamp comes into the side to make his 50th Test appearance in a South Africa shirt.
Victor Matfield will captain his country for the 18th time in a Test match, when he equals Springbok record of 111 Test appearances, currently held by John Smit.
Wales Tour coach Warren Gatland will hope that his star winger, George North, will be available, having missed the victory over Eastern Province Kings. If North is fit, he will line up against Cornal Hendricks who is making his first Test start, and may be an area that Gatland will look to exploit.
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