Springbok captain Siya Kolisi will finally return to the pitch after a lengthy injury break on Friday, when Western Province take on the Pumas at Newlands.
The 28-year-old loose forward won’t lead WP, though, with lock Chris van Zyl retained as the skipper for the must-win clash on Women’s Day (3pm kickoff).
Kolisi has been out of action since sustaining a knee problem in the 34-22 victory over the Highlanders at Newlands in late May.
He was set to be on the sidelines for about six weeks, but that has grown to nearly 10 as the Bok and Province management have opted for a more conservative approach, with the Rugby World Cup about six weeks away.
Kolisi is assured of his position as Bok captain, but for his own confidence and that of coach Rassie Erasmus, he will look to produce a commanding display against the Pumas on Friday in what will be just his 30th WP game, and his first since 2014.