SOUTH African front row star Tendai Mtawarira has been forced to pull out of this evening's game against Ireland due to a recurrence of mild heart palpitations.
Van der Linde, capped 73 times for the Springboks, will start at loosehead, with present Leinster prop Heinke van der Merwe taking his place on the bench and in line to win his second cap for the Springboks after making his debut in 2007.
“The decision to withdraw Mtawarira is a precautionary measure after he had a recurrence of mild heart palpitations on Saturday morning," according to a statement from the South African rugby football union.
“Mtawarira has been admitted to hospital for observation on Saturday morning. A decision on his continued participation on the tour will be taken at a later stage and an update on his condition will be issued in due course.”
A further update said the 27-year-old was later discharged from hospital.