TOKYO, 17 Oct - Wing Cheslin Kolbe has been restored to the South Africa starting line-up for Sunday’s quarter-final against Japan at Tokyo Stadium after recovering from an ankle problem.

Kolbe, one of the standout performers at Rugby World Cup 2019, missed the Springboks’ last Pool B match against Canada last week after sustaining the injury in the 49-3 victory over Italy.

Rassie Erasmus reverts to the starting XV and replacements who faced the Azzurri, which means there is no place in the 23 for scrum-half Cobus Reinach, despite his quickfire hat-trick of tries against the Canucks.

Faf de Klerk keeps his place at No.9, with back-up Herschel Jantjies one of only two backs named among the replacements. The Springboks coach has signalled his intention to overpower Japan upfront in the final quarter by naming six forwards on the bench, including two second-rows.

Tendai Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi are again preferred to Steven Kitshoff and Malcolm Marx respectively in the front row.

"If you've watched the way we've played through the World Cup, you will see the way we are going to play," said South Africa assistant coach, Matthew Proudfoot. "But if you think it's going to be one-dimensional … It's going to be an exciting test match."

South Africa

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Mbongeni Mbonambi
3. Frans Malherbe
4. Eben Etzebeth
5. Lood de Jager
6. Siya Kolisi (capt.)
7. Pieter-Steph Du Toit
8. Duane Vermeulen
9. Faf de Klerk
10. Handre Pollard
11. Makazole Mapimpi
12. Damian de Allende
13. Lukhanyo Am
14. Cheslin Kolbe
15. Willie Le Roux

16. Malcolm Marx
17. Steven Kitshoff
18. Vincent Koch
19. RG Snyman
20. Franco Mostert
21. Francois Louw
22. Herschel Jantjies
23. Frans Steyn

RNS am/lm