Notshe was the big surprise inclusion by coach Rassie Erasmus when he announced his team on Thursday afternoon.
Whiteley may have been due a break anyway after his outstanding performance in the 36-34 victory over the All Blacks in
Cheslin Kolbe also gets a welcome first Test start at right wing, with Jesse Kriel moving to outside centre and André Esterhuizen coming in to partner the Bulls star in midfield, following the injuries to Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am.
Erasmus opted against shifting Handre Pollard to No 12, so the Bulls pivot remains at flyhalf and Elton Jantjies will play off the bench.
Apart from Notshe, there is another new face in the pack, with Tendai Mtawarira coming back at loosehead prop for Steven Kitshoff.
Stormers No 1 Kitshoff can feel hard done by as he was superb against the All Blacks, but Erasmus may be keeping him in cotton wool for the Pretoria Test next week.
“Cheslin has been very impressive since he joined the squad a few weeks ago, and now he gets a deserved opportunity to start in a big Test,” Erasmus said.
“The same applies for Notshe, who did very well in the role of impact player during the English series. He has kept on working hard, and he deserves his opportunity in the starting team.
“The inclusion of ‘Beast’ in the front row is a straight swop for Steven, and Jesse returns to outside centre, a position where he has played most of his Test rugby, next to André, who started in four Tests already this year.”
Youngster Damian Willemse will provide fullback cover from the bench for Saturday’s clash, which kicks off at 5pm at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
15 Willie le Roux 14 Cheslin Kolbe 13 Jesse Kriel 12 André Esterhuizen 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 10 Handre Pollard 9 Faf de Klerk 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 6 Siya Kolisi (captain) 5 Franco Mostert 4 Eben Etzebeth 3 Frans Malherbe 2 Malcolm Marx 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Bench: 16 Bongi Mbonambi 17 Steven Kitshoff 18 Wilco Louw 19 RG Snyman 20 Marco van Staden 21 Embrose Papier 22 Elton Jantjies 23 Damian Willemse.
.@Cheslin_Kolbe11 and @notshe8 will make their run-on debuts for the Springboks against the @qantaswallabies in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. @CastleLagerSA @SanzarTRC @MTNza @ASICS_ZA #Mandela100 pic.twitter.com/sA8HCsFFs9— South African Rugby (@Springboks) September 27, 2018