Heyneke Meyer has finally given in to the pressure by dropping Morne Steyn from the match 22 altogether, giving Johan Goosen his first start and bringing Elton Jantjies onto the bench.
Another development is the sudden rise of Jaco Taute, who has been pencilled in with Frans Steyn at inside centre, and evein if Steyn is fit to play, Taute will be on the bench and is sure to make an impact at some point during the game. It is expected that Jean de Villiers will shift to inside centre and Taute play outside centre, should Frans not recover.
In other changes, Coenie Oosthuizen comes back onto the bench after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, only coming back for the Cheetahs in recent weeks.
Springboks: 1. Beast Mtawarira, 2. Andrian Strauss, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Andries Bekker, 6. Francois Louw, 7. Willem Alberts, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 10. Johan Goosen, 11. Francois Hougaard, 12. Francois Steyn/ Jaco Taute, 13. Jean de Villiers (Capt), 14. Bryan Habana, 15. Zane Kirchner.
Reserves: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Elton Jantjies, 21. Jaco Taute/ Juan de Jongh, 22. PatLambieTweet