South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus made just one change from the starting XV that drew with New Zealand in July when he named his team for Saturday’s crunch Rugby World Cup clash with the reigning champions.
Highlights from a dramatic 16-16 draw between New Zealand and South Africa in the Rugby Championship in Wellington on July 27
Prop Trevor Nyakane retained his place on the bench despite question marks over his fitness, while Cheslin Kolbe held onto his place on the right wing despite the form of Sbu Nkosi.
There was no place for Smith or Nkosi on the bench, with Francois Louw covering the back row and Jesse Kriel the back three.
The versatile 32-year-old Frans Steyn will cover the centres and act as back-up to starting flyhalf Handre Pollard, with Elton Jantjies missing out altogether despite starting tests against Argentina and Australia in the number 10 shirt this year.