erasmus confident kriel won't be punished for tackle on dempsey, denies head-to-head contact

South Africa’s rugby team, the Springboks, have made some significant changes to their lineup ahead of their upcoming match against Australia. Head coach Rassie Erasmus has decided to bring in Jesse Kriel and Jack Dempsey for the crucial clash.

Kriel, who plays for the Canon Eagles in Japan, has been called up to the Springboks squad as a replacement for the injured Lukhanyo Am. The 27-year-old center has previously represented South Africa on 46 occasions and will bring his experience to the team.

Dempsey, on the other hand, will make his debut for the Springboks after impressing in the domestic Currie Cup competition. The 26-year-old loose forward has been in fine form for the Golden Lions and will be looking to make an impact on the international stage.

Erasmus believes that these changes will provide a fresh impetus to the team and help them bounce back from their recent defeat against New Zealand. The Springboks are currently second in the Rugby Championship standings and will be eager to secure a victory against Australia to keep their title hopes alive.

The match between South Africa and Australia is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 2nd, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Both teams will be aiming for a win as they look to assert their dominance in the competition.

For more information on the Springboks’ lineup changes and their upcoming match against Australia, visit the official Rugby Championship website: [Rugby Championship Website](

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