Jean de Villiers replaces the injured Adi Jacobs who is on his way back to South Africa.
Jacobs rolled his ankle badly in the Springboks’ recent win over Italy and will take no further part in the tour. De Villiers, who is currently playing his rugby in Ireland for Munster, will take his place in the squad.
Bok coach Peter de Villiers said the former Stormers captain is likely to feature at Croke Park, but would not say whether he or Wynand Olivier would start at No 12.
‘You’ll have to wait until Thursday when I name the team,’ he told this website.
Bakkies Botha went to see a specialist for his back problem this week and De Villiers is hopeful the big man will recover in time for Saturday’s Test.
By Jon Cardinelli, in Dublin