There is no doubt that Lood de Jager is highly rated by Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus.
Even though the 26-year-old missed most of the Super Rugby season with the Bulls, due to a shoulder injury, he was still included in the training camps leading up to the Rugby Championship.
And while he only made his return to the pitch for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup against Western Province on 13 July, De Jager was brought straight into the starting line-up a week later when the Boks beat Australia at Ellis Park.
He has missed out over the last two games, with Franco Mostert reclaiming the No 5 jersey against the All Blacks and Argentina, and RG Snyman the back-up lock on the bench.
But there is little doubt that De Jager will be on the plane to Japan – at least as the fourth lock.