Jean de Villiers believes Wynand Olivier could take his place in the Bok side between now and the Tri-Nations.
The WP inside centre injured his ribs against Scotland in Durban, after colliding with winger Sean Lamont, and will miss the second Test in PE and the France Test at Newlands.
Olivier, who made his debut as a replacement for De Villiers, is expected to wear the No 12 jersey on Saturday.
“Wynand is a very good player,” De Villiers told Cape Times writer Stephen Nell. “He did well when he came on and I’m sure he will get a chance this weekend. By the time the Tri-Nations starts I could easily find that I have slipped out of the reckoning for the starting line-up.
“I think Wynand is exciting,” he added. “He’s got all the skills and is very committed. There are similarities in our play.”
De Villiers also talked up Wayne Julies, who recently joined the squad.
“Wayne has always been an underestimated player in South Africa,” he said. “He has never lost while playing for South Africa and had a few good Super 14 games.”
What De Villiers failed to mention is that while Julies has never been in a losing side for the Boks in eight Tests, he has yet to play New Zealand, England or France. His only two appearances against Australia were as a replacement last year.