Evans, first capped against France in 1987, is by far the most experienced player chosen for the one-off Test against the Springboks in a side which includes three new caps.
Swansea's loose-head prop, Chris Loader, is joined by the Bridgend centre, Gareth Jones, and the Llanelli full-back, Justin Thomas, for their international bows. Thomas has recovered from a knee injury which forced him from the field during last Saturday's defeat by South Eastern Transvaal.
Welsh club rugby has secured a pounds 1m deal with Swalec, the South Wales power company, to continue as sponsors of the knock-out cup competition for another four years. The announcement is a timely boost as the newly professionalised sport goes in search of financial support to meet the growing demands.
Swansea are the Swalec Cup holders, having beaten Pontypridd 17-12 in last May's final.
WALES (v South Africa, on Saturday, at Ellis Park, Johannesburg): J Thomas (Llanelli); I Evans (Llanelli), G Thomas (Bridgend), G Jones (Bridgend), S Hill (Cardiff); N Jenkins (Pontypridd), A Moore (Cardiff); C Loader (Swansea), J Humphreys (Cardiff, capt), J Davies (Neath), P Arnold (Swansea), D Jones (Cardiff), A Gibbs (Newbridge), M Bennett (Cardiff), H Taylor (Cardiff). Replacements: M Taylor (Swansea), A Williams (Swansea), P John (Pontypridd), A Moore (Swansea), L Mustoe (Cardiff), G Jenkins (Swansea).Reuse content