Forwards: Schalk Brits, Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Jannie du Plessis, Frans Malherbe, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lood de Jager, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Victor Matfield, Willem Alberts, Schalk Burger, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Duane Vermeulen
Backs: Fourie du Preez, Rudy Paige, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Handrè Pollard, Morné Steyn, Jean de Villiers (c), Damian de Allende, Jesse Kriel, Bryan Habana, Zane Kirchner, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, JP Pietersen.
Form: South Africa suffered four successive defeats, including a 37-25 home loss to Argentina before responding with a win in Buenos Aires. There is still a reliance on established stars like Fourie de Preez, Jean de Villiers, Victor Matfield and Duane Vermeulen. The two-time winners' tournament could unravel if their leading lights do not find form quickly, but they are still one of the tournament favourites.
Captain: Jean de Villiers. The Springboks skipper returned from a horrific knee injury only to break his jaw during his first start back, against Argentina. He will likely miss the first two pool games, but the classy centre is a key figure for his side.
Star player: No.8 Duane Vermeulen is a barnstorming back-row presence. He will move from the Stormers to Toulon after the tournament, where he will hope to make his presence felt after a recent neck injury.
World Cup history: Who could forget South Africa's win in the 1995 tournament, when Nelson Mandela wore the Springbok jersey, uniting a nation? South Africa won again 12 years later in France and can be considered among the favourites, despite their quarter-final elimination four years ago.
South Africa’s Pool B fixtures:
Sat 19 Sept SOUTH AFRICA v JAPAN (Brighton Community Stadium, 4.45pm)
Sat 26 Sept SOUTH AFRICA v SAMOA (Villa Park, 4.45pm)
Sat 3 Oct SOUTH AFRICA v SCOTLAND (St James Park, 4.45pm)
Wed 7 Oct SOUTH AFRICA v USA (Olympic Stadium, 4.45pm)