Adrian Jacobs will take over from Jean de Villiers, who joins Irish club Munster after the Tri-Nations, as Bok inside centre.
JJ Harmse reports that Jacobs, who has played most of his rugby as outside centre, is slowly being groomed to wear the No 12 jersey in future.
For the past two Tests, Jacobs also replaced De Villiers in the second half as inside centre and information from the Bok camp is that this move will become permanent.
Jacob’s good hand speed and eye for a gap are definite assets, but his defence is not yet a strong point.
Sport24 has reliably learned that Jacobs, and not Wynand Olivier, will be the choice of Bok coach Peter de Villiers in the midfield.
Jacobs and Jaque Fourie, who have both competed for the No 13 jersey, will be the new centre pair.
It will definitely not be good news for Olivier, who has so far been used sparsely at national level, despite an excellent Super14 season.
Meanwhile, De Villiers has said the Bok victories on Saturday in Cape Town have given his team the necessary momentum for Tests in Perth, Brisbane and Hamilton.
“The momentum is now an ally. We have so much talent. I am very satisfied that we work together as a team. There are no longer individuals who place themselves above the team,” said the coach.
“We played very good rugby in the first half (against the Wallabies), but I’m actually more satisfied with our attempts in the second 40 minutes.”
“The Aussies then came with questions and we answered them all,” said De Villiers.
Bok captain John Smit said: “The Aussies’ three yellow cards were probably an indication of their approach. It was strange to see a Wallabies team play so negatively. I was very happy that we didn’t allow that bad discipline to affect our play.”
Smit believes this team is the most experienced and calm one yet. “It was almost strange to stand behind the posts after two minutes. We knew it was a wake-up call to switch on and there was no problem to do just that.”
Smit feels the past two victories were well-deserved, but pointed out that the Boks would be tested overseas.
“Those Tests will definitely be a different challenge and we will have to be at our best if we want to win the Tri-Nations series.”Tweet