South African fans have reacted strongly to the surprise selection of Morné Steyn for the must-win clash with Ireland in Johannesburg next Saturday.
The Stade Français fly-half replaces Pat Lambie.
Having featured once at last year's Rugby World Cup, against USA, 31-year-old Steyn's career looked all but finished until earlier today. But Boks coach Allister Coetzee clearly sees value in bringing in the experience that Steyn has to offer.
Part of the Stade Francais side that won last year's Top 14, the out-half got the call while visiting South Africa following the conclusion to the regular season in France.
With Handre Pollard on the long-term injury list and Lambie ruled out of the second test, Steyn will presumably act as cover for Elton Jantjies at Emirates Airline Park.
Reaction to the 60-cap Springbok's call-up has been mixed with many South African fans questioning why he was preferred to Racing 92's Johann Goosen.
South African rugby fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations at the news, many seeing it as a “backwards step" from the new head coach.
Steyn was The Boks' key man in the past, having finished the 2011 World Cup as top point scorer and landing a pressure kick that sealed a series win against The Lions in 2009.
Whether it is the right decision will be seen on Saturday when Ireland look to create more history by winning their first test series on South African soil.