Mike Ruddock said,
"Rhys Thomas has played himself into the team.
"Our rationale has been to go for a team that has the potential to play the exciting brand of rugby that we associate with the Welsh team and a team that can adopt a strong defensive attitude when the Springboks have the ball.
"We may have lost a few players to injuries but we believe we have an exceptionally strong team here with a good mix of experienced players and some great young prospects."
Wales: L Byrne (Llanelli Scarlets); D James (Llanelli Scarlets), S Parker (Ospreys), G Thomas (Toulouse, capt), S Williams (Ospreys); S Jones (Clermont Auvergne), G Cooper (Newport Gwent Dragons); D Jones (Ospreys), R Thomas (Cardiff Blues), C Horsman (Worcester), R Sidoli (Cardiff Blues), L Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), C Charvis (Newcastle), M Williams (Cardiff Blues), M Owen (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: M Davies (Gloucester), A Jones (Ospreys), I Gough (Newport Gwent Dragons), J Thomas (Ospreys), M Phillips (Cardiff Blues), C Sweeney (Newport Gwent Dragons), M Watkins (Llanelli Scarlets).