Stade Français fly-half Morné Steyn admits it felt "strange" when he was called up by South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee to cover for Pat Lambie.
The Springboks were dealt a huge blow following a dangerous collision involving Ireland flank CJ Stander and the 25-year-old playmaker, for which Stander saw red and a subsequent one-week suspension.
This meant that Coetzee, who is already without Bulls fly-half Handré Pollard, was forced to call up the 60 Test capped Steyn.
Young Sharks fly-half Garth April was named alongside Lambie and Lions number ten Elton Jantjies, but April will in all likelihood miss out on a matchday squad selection.
31-year-old former Bulls player Steyn, although delighted with the opportunity to earn more Test caps, admitted he was shocked by Coetzee's call.
"Sport can be strange sometimes. Just when you think you’ve had your last chance, you get a call-up," Steyn told Netwerk24.
"A new era has started for Springbok rugby and I’m privileged so unexpectedly be part of it."