Union Bordeaux-Bègles hooker Joseph Dweba will make his South Africa debut in the opening Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The 25-year-old, who has made six European appearances across two seasons for the French club, is one of 12 changes made by Springboks’ head coach Jacques Nienaber to the matchday squad who won the third and final Test against the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town last Saturday.

Nienaber said of Dweba: “Joseph is a hard worker and a mobile hooker, which will be valuable traits against a physical side such as Argentina.

“He has shown what he can do for Bordeaux-Bègles and previously for the Toyota Cheetahs, so we are excited to see him make the step up to this level.”

Also brought into the starting XV are Harlequins prop Wilco Louw, who has played two Heineken Champions Cup games, and Section Paloise fly-half Elton Jantjies.

On the bench, Sale Sharks’ Dan du Preez has been drafted in to provide cover at loose forward and joins Saracens prop Vincent Koch and Leicester Tigers flanker Marco van Staden in the replacements.

Among those who retain their places in the starting XV from last weekend are RC Toulon lock Eben Etzebeth, Sale lock Lood de Jager, Leicester Tigers No.8 Jasper Wiese and Montpellier Hérault Rugby scrum-half Cobus Reinach.