Auckland - South Africa suffered a blow on Friday on the eve of their Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks with scrumhalf Ross Cronje pulling out because of illness.
He has been replaced by Francoise Hougaard with Rudy Paige added to the bench, the team said in a statement on social media.
"Ross Cronje withdrawn from Springbok team vs All Blacks because of stomach bug, replaced by Francois Hougaard. Rudy Paige onto the bench," South African Rugby said.
Cronje, who made his debut against France in June, has played four Tests and was also a member of the Golden Lions side that made the Super Rugby final this year.
His replacement Hougaard, who now plays for the Worcester Warriors, is a 45-Test veteran.
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