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No. 8 Warren Whiteley named new Springboks captain

JOHANNESBURG (AP) No. 8 Warren Whiteley has been named the new Springboks captain and coach Allister Coetzee included eight uncapped players in his squad to prepare for a three-test series against France next month.

Whiteley replaces Adriaan Strauss, who retired from internationals at the end of 2016, a year of woe for the two-time world champions.

South Africa lost eight out of 12 tests, its worst ever year, leaving Coetzee and his squad under pressure to win back some pride against France.