Only overseas-based Springboks with more than 30 Test caps will be eligible for selection in future, following a decision by the Executive Council.
The Springboks do not have any fixtures before a three-Test series against France in June so will not have an opportunity to improve their ranking before the World Cup draw, meaning they are likely to be drawn in the ‘Pool of Death’.
SARU reaffirmed its support for Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, as it announced their coaching and management staff.
Italy’s Irish head coach Conor O’Shea and his South Africa Assistant Brendan Venter brilliantly identified a loophole in rugby laws as they didn’t commit players to rucks, meaning there was no offside line.
The Reds started their campaign on a winning note when they claimed a hard-fought 28-26 win over the Sharks in Brisbane on Friday.
EW Viljoen will line up at outside centre for a Stormers team that will be led by new captain Siya Kolisi in the final match of the opening round.
De Jager, who gained 40 Super Rugby caps for the Cheetahs, has been named along five Springboks Test players in the starting team to face the Stormers.
The family of the late rugby hero Joost van der Westhuizen said that the former Springbok legend made the decision to be taken off life support.
The Bulls announced that former Springbok winger Cornal Hendricks has joined the Bulls for medical and fitness testing.
With the start of Super Rugby a week away, the Springbok coaching staff and local franchise coaches met for a third time on Wednesday.