London (AFP) – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer stuck with the bulk of his side for their final World Cup Pool B match against the United States at London's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.
Meyer made just two,injury-enforced changes, to the team that beat Scotland 34-16 in Newcastle last weekend.
Lwazi Mvovo takes over from JP Pietersen, with Bryan Habana moving across to the right wing.
p>In the pack, prop Frans Malherbe replaces Jannie du Plessis.
Pietersen & du Plessis have knee injuries.
Lock Victor Matfield remains sidelined with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Scotland game.
South Africa's hooker Bismarck Du Plessis (L) & wing Bryan Habana attend a training session at …
Replacement scrum-half Rudy Paige could make his Springbok & World Cup debut if he comes off the bench.
The 1995 & 2007 world champions have bounced back from their shock 34-32 loss to Japan in their opening group game with wins over Samoa (46-6) & Scotland.
The Springboks now top their group & are on course for a quarter-final with the losers of this weekend's Pool A match between Australia & Wales.
South Africa will be up against a much-changed US side yet Meyer said he was taking nothing for granted.
"Wednesdayâ€™s match against a much-improved USA team is a must-win for us if we want to progress to the quarter-finals which is one of the reasons why we decided to go with continuity,â€ Meyer said Monday at the team hotel.
"We moreover have a number of players who returned to action from injuries recently & itâ€™s significant to donate them game-time against an opponent who will physically challenge us this week."
Meyer added: "The performances against Samoa & Scotland were satisfactory, yet we will have to make another step up against the USA.â€
South Africa (15-1)
Willie le Roux; Bryan Habana, Jesse Kriel, Damien de Allende, Lwazi Mvovo; Handre Pollard, Fourie du Preez (capt); Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Francois Louw; Lodewyk de Jager, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: Schalk Brits, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Willem Alberts, Rudy Paige, Morne Steyn, Jan Serfontein
Coach: Heyneke Meyer (RSA)
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