A Stroll In The Park Predicted For Springboks Against Romania


The Springboks play Romania in their second match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup - Pool B at the Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux on Sunday at 15:00. Although a big win is expected, everybody will be comparing the Springboks' performance to that of Ireland who beat Romania 82-08 a week ago.

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has made 14 changes from the side which won their opening Pool B match against Scotland for their next game against Romania in Bordeaux on Sunday. Damian Willemse, who switches from full-back to fly-half, is the only player who starts again, while prop Vincent Koch makes his first test start since Rugby World Cup 2019, having made 28 consecutive appearances as a replacement. Grant Williams, normally a scrum-half, starts on the right wing.

Springbok coach Jaques Nienaber said the injury of Malcolm Marx had no effect on the team's preparation on the Romania match. "When the injury happened it didn't affect our team going into this match, at all. So we will discuss it after the game, we're fully focused on Romania because we should show them that respect, it's only the second time we've played them in a World Cup so it's a special game for us, and we should also show that respect to the players that we selected to play in that match, so we're not talking about anything other than Romania."

Romania head coach Eugen Apjok has made three changes of personnel to his starting XV for the Oaks’ second match of the tournament, while the two retained wingers, Nicholas Onutu and Tevita Manumua, swap jerseys and play 11 and 14, respectively.

Romania head coach Eugen Apjok said "We played the first team in the rankings last week and now we play the second and the world champions in 2019. We expect a very tough game for us on Sunday. We have prepared well this week and we expect our boys to do our best on the field and to get a better result than last weekend. We expect a very physical game in the pack and we don't want to take any risks, so we have six forwards on the bench."


Springboks: 1 Ox Nche, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi (c), 3 Vincent Koch, 4 Jean Kleyn, 5 Marvin Orie, 6 Marco van Staden, 7 Kwagga Smith, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 10 Damian Willemse, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 13 Canan Moodie, 14 Grant Williams, 15 Willie Le Roux. Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Faf de Klerk, 23 Jesse Kriel.

Romania: 1 Iulian Hartig, 2 Ovidiu Cojocaru, 3 Alexandru Gordas, 4 Adrian Motoc, 5 Marius Iftimiciuc, 6 Andre Gorin, 7 Vlad Neculau, 8 Cristian Chirica (c), 9 Gabriel Rupanu, 10 Hinckley Vaovasa, 11 Nicholas Onutu, 12 Taylor Gontineac, 13 Jason Tomane, 14 Tevita Manumua, 15 Marius Simionescu. Replacements: 16 Robert Irimescu, 17 Alexandru Savin, 18 Thomas Cretu, 19 Stefan Iancu, 20 Damian Stratila, 21 Cristi Boboc, 22 Alin Conache, 23 Gabriel Pop.