South Africa captain Siya Kolisi is set to make a comeback from injury for Western Province in the Currie Cup this weekend.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined with a knee injury since May and was already ruled out of the ongoing Rugby Championship tournament where Rassie Erasmus' men are on track to win after managing to top the table with seven points from two games.
As the squad departed to New Zealand for the Wellington game against the All Blacks, Kolisi continued his rehabilitation with Western Province and a successful outing this weekend will provide him an opportunity to feature for the Springboks in the reverse fixture against the Pumas on 17th August.
"Siya [Kolisi] is fit to play" Western Province head coach John Dobson told SA Rugby Mag
"I think our plan with Siya is to start him. He will give the team a lot of confidence. That is the one thing the team needs."
"When you lose a game, no matter you have deserved to win it, the change room is like a mortuary afterwards. Just his presence will make a big difference. He won’t captain the side."
In the absence of Kolisi, Erasmus decided to opt for Eben Etzebeth as skipper for the game against Australia while Duane Vermeulen led them in the 16-16 draw against the All Blacks.