Ruan Pienaar will start at fullback against the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday, swapping places with Frans Steyn, who will be on the bench.
Pienaar last wore the number 15 shirt in November 2007, against Wales. It will be his third test start in that position and only his 12th start overall, in a career now spanning 33 tests. Pienaar has also started tests for the Boks at scrumhalf and flyhalf, while he has also played inside centre and wing when coming on as a replacement.
Steyn, who has signed a three-year deal with French club Racing Metro 92, will clearly not be a part of the Boks’ long-term plans unless he decides to return to South Africa. Pienaar now looks like the man being groomed to make the fullback spot his own.
Schalk Burger has been named on the replacements bench, leaving the number 6 jersey to the form man, Hein Brüssow.
15 Ruan Pienaar, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit (captain), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Adi Jacobs, 22 Frans Steyn.