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Wales take on the Springboks at the DHL Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday with the series level at 1-1. The match is live on Sky Sports Action with highlights on S4C.

There is a change in the starting line-up that made history in Bloemfontein last weekend with the first-ever victory for a Wales men’s side against the Springboks on their home soil.

Josh Adams, who won his 20th Wales try in the second Test to put him level with Gerald Davies, Gareth Edwards and Tom Shanklin on the all-time goalscoring list, returns to Wales XV. Adams and Louis Rees-Zammit are on the wings with Liam Williams at the back.

George North, starting alongside Nick Tompkins at center for the third consecutive time, will surpass Stephen Jones’ record as the most capped Welsh men’s international defender of all time this weekend, with 105 appearances for Wales.

North made his debut for Wales in 2010 in a match against South Africa in Cardiff, scoring two tries on that occasion. Only Alun Wyn Jones (152) – named among Wales’ substitutes – and defense coach Gethin Jenkins (129) have more Welsh caps.

Owen Watkin comes on as a substitute, the only change on the Wales bench since last Saturday.

Pivac said: “Most people had written us off before we left Wales and to be in this position with an opportunity to win this series is a great position for us. It’s fantastic that there is something to play in this Test match.

“However, the training week was difficult because we were a bit banged up as you would expect after two very physical test matches. So having the majority of the team we arrived with on these ribs is a good state of mind and we are really looking forward to the weekend.

“The atmosphere on game day was great. The South African fans are very vocal, they support their team and they let you know how they feel about the occasion. It’s an environment that tests you and the players have so far stood up in both matches.

“We are looking forward to another full house and another crowd that really supports the occasion and makes it a special occasion.”

Speaking of North and the record he is set to achieve on Saturday, Pivac added: “It’s fantastic for George. He worked very hard to recover from a serious injury and breaking this record is no small feat. Can’t wait to see George there on Saturday and hope he can get a stormer for us.

Wales senior men’s squad for 3rd Test v South Africa (Saturday 16 July, KO 4.05pm BST. Live Sky Sports with highlights on S4C)

15. Liam Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 80 caps)
14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby – 18 caps)
13. George North (Ospreys – 104 caps)
12. Nick Tompkins (Saracens – 22 caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby – 41 caps)
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints – 102 caps), captain
9. Kieran Hardy (Scarlets – 13 caps)
1. Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 12 caps)
2. Ryan Elias (Scarlets – 29 caps)
3. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby – 40 caps)
4. Will Rowlands (Dragons – 20 caps)
5. Adam Beard (Ospreys – 36 caps)
6. Dan Lydiate (Ospreys – 67 caps)
7. Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers – 2 caps)
8. Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby – 91 caps)

Substitutes
16. Dewi Lake (Ospreys – 7 caps)
17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets – 44 caps)
18. Sam Wainwright (Saracens – 1 selection)
19. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys – 152 caps)
20. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby – 32 caps)
21. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 35 caps)
22. Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys – 32 caps)
23. Owen Watkin (Ospreys – 32 caps)

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