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Pollard to captain 'Boks in second Test

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Handrè Pollard will captain South Africa in their second Test against Wales.

The incoming Leicester Tigers fly-half was rested from the first match of the 2022 series after featuring in the Top14 Final victory for former club Montpellier.

Pollard's national - and future - club mate Jasper Wiese is not included in the Springboks matchday squad after featuring the first Test victory.

Speaking about Pollard's appointment as captain, South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber said: “Handre is one of our most experienced players and has been part of our core leadership group for a number of years now, I’m sure he will slot into the role with ease.”

Speaking about the match, he added: “Wales will certainly gain confidence from their performance last week, and I have no doubt they will feel aggrieved by the fact that they lost out so narrowly, so we know we have to produce a top-class performance to win this weekend.

“The set pieces are going to be a key area once again, and we have identified the areas that we need to improve on and have already started working on those facets of the game.

“They are a team that keep going until the final whistle, so we expect them to push us to the limit, but we know what our standards are a team, and every player knows what is expected of him.

“It is definitely going to take a full 80-minute effort to win the match, and if we do well, hopefully the results will take of itself.”