That is the only change for Heyneke Meyer's side from the one that lost in such agonising fashion to Australia last time out.
New Zealand - who will host the Lions in 2017 - are unbeaten in their last 19 Test matches and South Africa are searching for a first win on New Zealand soil since 2009, but Meyer insists Pollard's inclusion is not a gamble.
''It's probably seen a big call, but I don't see it as such,'' Meyer said.
''We know what we have in Morne and he's always done well for us. I have a lot of confidence in Handre and I want to see what he can do at the highest level.
''It's a guy who I believe could play in the World Cup and play a huge part in the World Cup. He's just come into test match rugby, but he was very successful here [in New Zealand] in the under 20s tournament. I know it's not the same, but I have a lot of confidence.
''He's a different type of player, but you have to do something different if you want to beat New Zealand. We want to evolve and play some attractive rugby so hopefully it's a dry field and we can play some attacking rugby.''