At 32 years of age, there is the creeping doubt around Jean De Villiers and just whether or not the Stormers centre can maintain his health and standards for the 2015 World Cup.
Those concerns are well-placed considering De Villiers is arguably South Africa’s most important performer on his day.
Saturday’s win over the Wallabies was another testament to the key presence that the veteran holds in Meyer’s setup, with the hosts’ second-half unlocking thanks to the graft of De Villiers.
Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana and Willie le Roux all benefited as a result of the inside centre’s indomitable ability to break the line before offloading, helping those around him into heaps of space as a result.
If South Africa are to maintain their current trajectory and challenge for World Cup honours in two summers’ time, it’s vital that De Villiers features as a part of Meyer’s 2015 squad in the exact shape he’s in now.