The Springboks have made two changes to their starting side to play the All Blacks but crucially for the tourists, senior prop Jannie du Plessis is fit to start.
Flip van der Merwe comes in for the suspended Eben Etzebeth and Andries Bekker comes on to the bench as second row cover.
The other change comes at openside with Francois Louw replacing Marcell Coetzee who drops to the bench.
Coach Heyneke Meyer believes Louw has a better style to counter Richie McCaw.
"New Zealand are best in contesting at the breakdown, we decided to go with Flo because he's a specialist, it's a horses for courses approach," Meyer said.
Du Plessis has been under a cloud with a hamstring injury but Meyer backed him to be right for the test in Dunedin.
He had trained today and while Meyer remains "a bit worried" he felt du Plessis' toughness would get him on to the paddock.
Clearly the Boks want experience there, especially with their tighthead resources so low. They have named Dean Greyling on the bench and he is more a loosehead.
"If Dean comes on it will be a huge, huge test, especially against the best loosehead (Tony Woodcock) in world rugby. But Dean has impact and he's fresh."
While the ban of Etzebeth was disappointing, the plus side was that van der Merwe brought more experience to the pack and that was going to be important against the All Blacks.
Meyer said the pack's predicament probably reflected the challenge in front of the whole side.
"Evan having an experienced pack is a tough challenge against the All Blacks. But we are excited about. I know people don't give us a chance but I believe this team is growing. They will have to step up. I have confidence in the pack."
Meyer said the feeling back in South Africa of writing off this Springboks side didn't relieve any pressure on him.
"I'd be very naive if I feel the pressure is off. Being the Springboks coach the pressure is always on. I've been used to this in my career ... I've always been written off and my teams are always written off, it's always the same.
"But we haven't had a great record in New Zealand with experienced or inexperienced teams so this is a win-win for us."
When Meyer took over the Bulls in 2002 they lost 11 games to finish last in the Super 12. Five years later they won South Africa's first title.
It's just a question of whether Meyer can be afforded the same patience in the highest position in the South African game.
South Africa: Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers (c), Frans Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Morné Steyn, Ruan Penaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Beast Mtawarira. Reserves: Tiaan Liebenberg, Dean Greyling, Andries Bekker, Marcell Coetzee, Johan Goosen, Juan de Johngh, Patrick Lambie.
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