Springbok dangerman Schalk Burger has been ruled out of the first Test.
Schalk Burger has failed in his bid to be ready for the first Test between world champions South Africa and Ian McGeechan's British and Irish Lions touring side.
The fomer IRB world player of the year's niggling calf injury has failed to respond to treatment so Heinrich Brussow, who was a stand out performer in a losing Cheetahs side against the Lions earlier in the tour, is his replacement.
The Cheetahs flanker, who was called into the squad less than 24 hours ago as cover for the injured Burger, will start at blindside alongside his provincial team-mate Juan Smith.
South Africa will be led by John Smit, in a side stacked with experience. Sixteen players in the 22 were in South Africa's line-up for their previous Test against England at Twickenham in November last year.
Springbok play British and Irish Lions in first Test at Absa Stadium Saturday:
Francois Steyn; JP Pietersen, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana; Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow; Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha; John Smit (capt), Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: Gurthro Steenkamp, Deon Carstens, Andries Bekker, Danie Rossouw, Ricky Januarie, Jaque Fourie, Morne Steyn
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.