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Zimbabwean-born duo Tendai Mtawarira and Brian Mujati have been handed debuts, as has lock Andries Bekker, whose inclusion resulted in Johann Muller's omission.
Muller captained the Boks in last year's World Cup game against the United States and against the Barbarians, and was considered the natural back-up to Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.
De Villiers also left out World-Cup winners JP Pietersen and Akona Ndungane, instead preferring the latter's twin brother Odwa Ndungane, who plays for the Sharks.
Stormers' Zimbabwean-born winger Tonderai Chavhanga was also included.
Veterans Percy Montgomery and Butch James joined John Smit and Matfield as the overseas-based contingent, while there was no place for World Cup prop Jannie du Plessis.
Pierre Spies returns after missing the World Cup due to a lung illness that almost ended his career, while Jean de Villiers, who was injured in last year's spectacle in France, is also included.
Luke Watson, who was controversially added to the squad last year after political pressure, has also been selected and is likely to be the openside flanker for the Boks after injuries to Schalk Burger and Wikus van Heerden.
There were also returns for Adrian Jacobs and Gcobani Bobo after long absences, while Joe van Niekerk's Super 14 form for the Lions also counted in his favour.
The final list has been whittled down from a preliminary 42-man squad named 11 days ago by De Villers, who admitted it had been a tough task to decide his line-up.
“It wasn't easy cutting down the squad to 30, and that is how it should always be,” said the coach.
“A lot of guys put up their hands and I want to make it clear that the Springbok door is not shut to anyone. The squad was picked entirely on merit, and every player named deserves his spot.
“I congratulate them all and look forward to the challenges of Wales and Italy that are now upon us.”
The squad will assemble in Bloemfontein on June 1 ahead of the Tests against RBS 6 Nations champions Wales on June 7 and 14.
They will then face Italy on June 21.