South Africa have recalled 'retired' Saracens hooker Schalk Brits in the squad for the second Test against England to be played in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Brits, who has played 10 Tests for the Springboks had already quit professional rugby following his Aviva Premiership title-winning 2017/18 season but now has been asked to put his retirement on hold by head coach Rassie Erasmus.
“We are busy with building experience, continuity and capacity towards the Rugby World Cup, so we want our young players rubbing shoulders with experienced players such as Duane, Vermeulen and Willie le Roux,” Erasmus said.
“I want Schalk to perform a similar role because he has extensive inside knowledge and plenty of experience from playing for Saracens in the English and European conditions. It’s a great way for our younger guys to learn the trade of international rugby from these guys.”
The 37-year-old's last appearance for South Africa came during the 2015 World Cup and was recently seen as a spectator in South Africa's 42-39 win over Eddie Jones' men in the opening game of the series in Johannesburg.
The final two game of the series will be played on 16th and 23rd June in Bloemfontein and Cape Town respectively.