Former Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff looks set to make his Springbok debut in the series decider against Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (5pm).
Kitshoff, who currently plays for Bordeaux in France, is one of three overseas-based players that coach Allister Coetzee selected for his squad.
But unlike Duane Vermeulen and Francois Louw, Kitshoff has not featured so far in the three-match series.
That might change this weekend with fellow prop Trevor Nyakane, who has been playing off the bench for the national team, suffering an ankle injury in the second Test at Ellis Park last weekend.
Coetzee explains that he has a long-term plan with Kitshoff and wants the player to return to South Africa.
He tells SARugbymag: “Trevor is battling with that injury, so there’s a big chance that Steven could feature this Saturday.
“I know a lot has been made of me bringing back Steven from his club [Bordeaux] in France and then not playing him [in the first two Tests against Ireland].
“But I have always had a long-term plan for this player.
“I want him to eventually move back to South Africa, as I believe he can be an asset to this team in the next few years and even feature at the 2019 World Cup.”
Of his team’s come-from-behind win against Ireland last weekend, Coetzee hints that he still has confidence in the guys who started the match and tells SuperSport.com: “Test rugby is always about two halves.
“The first half is a battle of attrition.
“That is when you absorb the pressure and soften up you opponents and wear them down and get physical ascendancy so that in the second half you can dominate.”