Siya Kolisi will become South Africa’s first black Test captain in next month’s series against England.
The 26-year-old, who is also skipper of his provincial side the Stormers, has won 28 caps since making his debut in 2013.
Chiliboy Ralepelle was the first black player to lead the Springboks, but that honour was claimed in a non-cap international in 2006.
South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has also named back five forward Pieter-Steph du Toit as captain for Saturday’s clash with Wales in Washington.
“It’s a huge honour to captain the Springboks and Siya and Pieter-Steph are two honest, hard working men who enjoy the respect of their fellow players,” Erasmus said.
“I believe both of them will do a good job as captains. My philosophy is that each player must take responsibility for his position and must therefore work extremely hard with that one goal in mind – to make the Springboks successful again.”
South Africa play three Tests against England starting at Ellis Park on June 9 with the series continuing in Bloemfontein and Cape Town.