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Young Stormers prodigy Eben Etzebeth has been suspended for two weeks by SANZAR, meaning that the Springboks locking stocks have taken a hit, and there were reports that Botha was going to be called up.
However, as Botha would be an injury replacement, and not an original squad member, whether or not he would play was ultimately going to be decided by his employer - Toulon.
Former French coach and current Toulon boss Bernard Laporte told L'Equipe.
"Bakkies will wear the Toulon jersey on Friday and not the South African one on Saturday."
If Botha had been called up as a squad member, then International Rugby Board rules dicate clubs must release players in certain windows, with one currently in effect during The Investec Rugby Championship.
It isn't the first time the Springboks have turned to one of their walking locking legends, with reports building earlier in the season that Victor Matfield would be tempted out of retirement.
However the Blue Bulls were not keen on releasing their new technical assistant, with some reports in South Africa suggesting Matfield will take on a more senior role with the Bull in 2013.
Botha's last match against the All Blacks saw him earn a nine-week suspension for an altercation with halfback Jimmy Cowan.