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Pietersen starts for South Africa at HQ

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JP Pietersen will become the latest Leicester Tigers player to receive international honours when he starts for South Africa against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Pietersen will win his 70th cap for the Springboks in the opening match of the autumn international series.
The winger, who has won seven and drawn of the eight Tests in which he has played against England, will come up against Tigers teammates Dan Cole and Ben Youngs, who have been named in the Red Rose starting XV.
South Africa include only five players who started in the 31-31 draw against the Barbarians last week at Wembley in Beast Mtawarira, Pieter-Steph du Toit , Rudy Paige, Pat Lambie and Francois Venter, who will make his Test debut on Saturday.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said: “The challenge this week will definitely start up front as the English pack paved the way for their series win over the Wallabies in Australia. It will be a physical challenge and the set-piece battle could prove to be decisive.
“England have a lot of belief at the moment – they have won their last nine matches since the appointment of Eddie Jones as coach.
“They are always formidable at Twickenham and matches involving our two countries have always delivered close fought encounters. They are an extremely well-coached side with no apparent weaknesses and their away series win in Australia proved why they are currently second in the world rankings.
“They are definite favourites, but we are looking forward to another huge battle against them.”

The game will be shown as live, in full, on the big screens in Final Whistle in the Holland & Barrett Stand at Welford Road after full-time of Tigers' Anglo-Welsh Cup fixture with Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday.

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The Springbok team to face England at Twickenham
15 Willie le Roux (Canon Eagles (Japan)), 39 caps, 45 points
14 Ruan Combrinck (Xerox Golden Lions), 4 caps, 13 points
13 Francois Venter (Toyota Free State Cheetahs), uncapped
12 Damian de Allende (DHL Western Province), 20 caps, 10 points
11 JP Pietersen (Leicester Tigers (England)), 69 caps, 120 points
10 Patrick Lambie (vice-captain) (Cell C Sharks), 53 caps, 137 points
9 Rudy Paige (Vodacom Blue Bulls), 5 caps, 0 points
1 Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), 84 caps, 10 points
2 Adriaan Strauss (captain) (Vodacom Blue Bulls), 63 caps, 30 points
3 Vincent Koch (Saracens (England)), 7 caps, 0 points
4 Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province), 53 caps, 10 points
5 Lood de Jager (Vodacom Blue Bulls), 25 caps, 20 points
6 Willem Alberts (Stade Francais (France)), 41 caps, 35 points
7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Western Province), 17 caps, 15 points
8 Warren Whiteley (Docomo Red Hurricanes (Japan)), 12 caps, 15 points

16 Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Western Province), 3 caps, 0 points
17 Steven Kitshoff (Bordeaux (France)), 7 caps, 0 points
18 Lourens Adriaanse (Cell C Sharks), 4 caps, 0 points
19 Franco Mostert (Ricoh Black Rams (Japan)), 4 caps, 0 points
20 Nizaam Carr (DHL Western Province), 2 caps, 0 points
21 Faf de Klerk (Xerox Golden Lions), 8 caps, 0 points
22 Johan Goosen (Racing 92 (France)), 10 caps, 20 points
23 Lionel Mapoe (Kubota Spears (Japan)), 9 caps, 0 points