Seasoned prop Kevin Buys has passed a late fitness test and will start for the Southern Kings against the Highlanders in their Super Rugby showdown in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Buys had been struggling with a back strain and the Kings left the tighthead prop position vacant when they named their side earlier this week.
However, Buys will start at No.3 and Grant Kemp will be on the bench at No.17.
Southern Kings - confirmed: 15 George Whitehead, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Siyanda Grey, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Luke Watson (captain), 6 Wimpie van der Walt, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Grant Kemp, 18 Daniel Adongo, 19 Devin Oosthuizen, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Shane Gates, 22 SP Marais.
Date: Saturday, May 11
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17.05 (15.05 GMT; 03.05 Sunday, May 12 NZ time)
Referee: Jason Jaftha (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Sindile Mayende (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)