The All Blacks have suffered a blow ahead of the Rugby Championship after it was confirmed that prop Tony Woodcock needs shoulder surgery.
Jean de Villiers says Juan Smith's return to the Bok fold is just reward for his hard work and determination.
Jean de Villiers is eager to end a two-year drought against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.
Argentina wing Juan Imhoff will miss both Rugby Championship matches against the Springboks due to injury.
Colin Slade has been brought in to New Zealand's Rugby Championship squad as a replacement for the injured Dan Carter.
Victor Matfield has been ruled out of the Springboks' opening Test of the Rugby Championship due to a knee cartilage injury.
Heyneke Meyer has explained why Coenie Oosthuizen, Siya Kolisi and Johan Goosen were not selected for the Springbok squad.
Dan Carter will miss at least two of the All Blacks' Rugby Championship matches.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has warned his side against complacency heading into the Rugby Championship.