Cheetahs flanker Frans Viljoen will replace the injured Lappies LabuschagnÃ© in Friday's clash against the Hurricanes.
The Bloemfontein-based franchise's coach Naka DrotskÃ© confirmed that Viljoen will start in his fifth Super Rugby game this season and that his physicality could do the trick against the New Zealanders.
LabuschagnÃ©, who has been one of the Cheetahs' star performers this season, has been ruled out after injuring his elbow against the Kings in Round 11.
"Frans and Heins (Heinrich BrÃ¼ssow) will start," DrotskÃ© told the Volksblad website.
"Frans is physical and the right guy to pick against a New Zealand team.
"Lappies is good in the line-outs and we'll miss his high work-rate, but there's nothing we can do about that."
With Viljoen being elevated to the starting line-up, Boom Prinsloo will provide back row cover off the replacements bench.