Coach Wayne Pivac has hailed the “miraculous” recovery of skipper Dan Biggar and prop Dillon Lewis as Wales get ready to battle the Springboks on Saturday.
Veteran flyhalf Biggar (shoulder) and tighthead Lewis (elbow) have been cleared to play, allowing Pivac to stick with a largely unchanged starting XV for the decisive third Test against the Boks at Cape Town Stadium.
Josh Adams, who scored his 20th Wales try in the second Test off the bench, replaces the injured Alex Cuthbert in the only change.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday after naming the Welsh team, Pivac said: “I think you’d have to shoot Dillon Lewis with an elephant gun [to keep him down]! His pain threshold is obviously right up there. He hyper-extended his elbow and he was in a lot of pain, obviously, after the game.
“The main thing was that we thought he’d done a lot of damage there. But after scanning it, 24 hours he was a lot better and it was the care and attention that the medical staff paid to him over the first 48 hours that has allowed him to be where he is now.
“To have those two players available, given the way they were after the game last week, has been a miraculous turnaround.”
Biggar added: “I’m all right. I managed to get through training this morning which was the last little hurdle. I’ve been managed well all week and the medics have been brilliant. I feel pretty good and confident in taking the field on Saturday.
“There hasn’t been a huge amount of training. There have been a few dinged-up bodies around the place and it’s a case of us getting ourselves right for Saturday now.”
Asked if he feared missing out on the crunch clash this week, the 105-Test pivot added: “Yes and no. I didn’t feel as if it was ever a dislocation or anything like that. I knew it was a pretty heavy contact, so it was a case of whether it would settle down in time. Fingers crossed, it looks like it’s pretty good.”