Cape Town - 13 stats and facts ahead of the Springboks' end of year Test against England at Twickenham on Saturday.Kick-off is at 16:30 SA time.
• The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 778 Test caps (343 in the
backline and 435 in the forwards), while there are a further 233 caps worth of
experience on the bench.
• South Africa and England have played each other 36 times since 1906,
with the Springboks winning 22 Tests, losing 12 and two were drawn. The
Springboks have scored 749 points and 69 tries and conceded 564 points and 39
tries for an average score of 21-16.
• South Africa and England last met on November 24, 2012 at Twickenham in
London. The Springboks won by 16-15 thanks to a try by Willem Alberts and 11
points from the boot of Patrick Lambie (one conversion and three penalty
goals). England kicked five penalties, three by Owen Farrell and two by Toby
• Jean de Villiers will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok
centre, with 88 Tests in this position and will captain South Africa for the 32nd
time, placing him third behind John Smit (83) and Gary Teichmann (36).
• Victor Matfield will extend his record as the most capped Springbok in
history (118 Tests). He will also extend his record of 118 Tests as a lock and
will also extend his record as the oldest Springbok ever at 37 years 181 days.
Habana will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 103 Tests
in this position. If he scores a try, he will extend his record of 56 Test
tries for South Africa.
• If he goes on and scores a try Bismarck du Plessis will extend his
record of nine Test tries for South Africa as a hooker.
Burger will extend his record as the most capped Springbok flank in history
(72 caps). If he scores a try, he will become the sole record-holder for most
Test tries as a flank (11), a record he currently shares with Juan Smith.
• Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks, Duane Vermeulen, Jannie du Plessis and
Bismarck du Plessis have played in all 10 Tests for the Springboks in 2014.
Bryan Habana and Tendai Mtawarira have both missed only one Test in 2014.
Burger (jnr) and Cobus Reinach are sons of Springboks. Schalk Burger (Snr)
played six Tests for South Africa (1984-1986) and Jaco Reinach four Tests for
South Africa in 1986. They played together in all four Tests against the New
Zealand Cavaliers in 1986.
will be the fourth time in history that a Springbok team will have three
centurions in the starting line-up. The three previous times were against
Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship and against Ireland last
will be Heyneke Meyer’s 35th Test in charge of the Springboks since
he took over in 2012. Of the previous 34 Tests South Africa have won 24, lost
eight and drew twice.
• The referee is Steve Walsh of Australia. It will be his 18th Test
involving South Africa. This is a new record for a referee in Tests involving
SA, breaking the record of himself and Alain Rolland. Of the previous 17 Tests
the Springboks have won 13, lost one and three were drawn. His last Test
involving South Africa was in August this year against Argentina in Salta in
the Rugby Championship - a game that the Springboks won 33-31.