John Smith returns to the starting line-up for South Africa.
Defending World Cup champions South Africa may not be pre-tournament favourites, but that hasn't stopped Peter de Villiers from naming the most experienced Springboks side ever, when they launch their defence against Wales on Sunday in Wellington.
Coach de Villiers has named a side boasting a staggering 815 Test caps - a tally which just pips the previous record of 810 caps when the Boks face Australia in Durban in August.
John Smit, under fierce pressure from in-form hooker Bismarck Du Plessis, will lead the side into battle in a starting XV which sees five changes to the side that defeated New Zealand 18-5 in Port Elizabeth last month.
Along with the recalled Smit, loose-head prop Tendai Mtawarira, loose forward Schalk Burger and fullback Frans Steyn return while Danie Rossouw replaces Bakkies Botha with the veteran lock sidelined with an Achilles heel problem.
Surprisingly, Villiers has gone for a five-two split on the bench with Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Willem Alberts dropping out of the starting line-up while Ulster-based lock Johann Muller could make his first appearance since the third Test against the British & Irish Lions in 2009.
The 22 contains 16 players who were part of the victorious 2007 squad, with 11 in the starting 15.
South Africa: Frans Steyn; JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean De Villiers, Bryan Habana; Morné Steyn, Fourie Du Preez; Tendai Mtawarira, John Smit (c), Jannie Du Plessis, Danie Rossouw, Victor Matfield, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Pierre Spies
Replacements: Bismarck Du Plessis, Gurthrö Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Johan Muller, Willem Alberts, Francois Hougaard, Butch James
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.