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De Allende excited about next midfield challenge — playing with Kriel at 13

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Springbok inside centre Damian de Allende, with Lukhanyo Am in the background, will have a new partner in crime on Saturday. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Springbok inside centre Damian de Allende considers himself lucky that he’s been blessed with excellent midfield partners during his international career.

De Allende’s career with the Boks is nearing a decade after making his debut in 2014 against Argentina in Pretoria. In this time he has won 71 Test caps and has just about made the No 12 jersey his own.