10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The sides met at Croke Park last November, with out-half Jonathan Sexton kicking five penalties in a 15-10 victory for the hosts.
This evening's Test is the 20th clash between Ireland and the Springboks, with the current match record reading: Ireland won 4, South Afica won 14 and drawn 1.
Centre Gordon D'Arcy will win his 50th Ireland cap on the day, while winger Luke Fitzgerald ends his 12-month injury-enforced absence from Test rugby and prop Tom Court could make it an extra special 30th birthday for himself with an appearance off the bench.
The South African matchday squad includes Ulster scrum half Ruan Pienaar, former Munster centre Jean de Villiers and ex-Leinster prop CJ van der Linde.
Ireland have won their last three Tests against the 'Boks, at Lansdowne Road in November 2004 and November 2006 and twelve months ago at Croke Park.
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There will be full live text and score updates throughout the coverage as Declan Kidney's charges take on a South African side that had a disappointing run of results in the recent Tri Nations.
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