Springboks move Willemse to 10 for Romania at Rugby World Cup and pick scrum-half Williams at flanker

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TOULON, France (AP) — South Africa moved Damian Willemse to fly-half and made 14 player changes for the Rugby World Cup match against Romania, including selecting scrum-half Grant Williams at right wing.

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The Boks rested their weapons in anticipation of the Group B decider against top-ranked Ireland, and Willemse was the only player retained by the defending champions from the starting team that beat Scotland 18-3 on Sunday. Willemse started that game at fullback.

There was still plenty of experience in the 15 to face Romania in Bordeaux on Sunday, with veteran Duane Vermeulen at No. 8 and Willie le Roux at full-back.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi captains the team, which has a completely new forward group, including Jean Kleyn and Marvin Orie in the second row and Marco van Staden and Kwagga Smith on the flanks.

Williams at wing was coach Jacques Nienaber’s most intriguing selection, although Williams’ speed is well known in South Africa. He has already worked as a winger from the bench.


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