Coach Heyneke Meyer has made the changes he spoke about earlier in the week, shuffling the back three around and making two changes to the tight five.
As everybody suspected, Bismarck du Plessis will start in the place of Adriaan Strauss, as well as taking over the vice captaincy. Flip van der Merwe will start in the second row alongside Eben Etzebeth, Juandre Kruger dropping down to the bench.
In the backline, Zane Kirchner is called into the fullback jersey, with Willie le Roux replacing Bjorn Basson on the left wing. The last change is positional as Bryan Habana shifts across to left wing, bringing Willie le Roux onto the right wing.
South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandre Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.Tweet