While New Zealand starts off as the favorites, Coach Heyneke Meyer has stated that they are entirely focused on Saturday’s match.
Damian de Allende will make his debut for the home side and will play next to Captain Jean de Villiers. De Villiers is one of three returning Boks who played no part in the Castle Lager Incoming Series because of injury. The others are Frans Malherbe and Eben Etzebeth, who have both made the bench.
Junior Springboks captain, Handre Pollard, will get his second Test cap when he lines up between the experienced De Villiers and Ruan Pienaar, while Willem Alberts and Tendai Mtawarira are also back after missing the Scotland Test because of injuries they sustained.
Lood de Jager will fill in the considerable boots of the injured Victor Matfield at lock and will be joined by the experienced Bakkies Botha.