Cape Town - 15 stats and facts ahead of the Springboks' end of year Test against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.Kick-off is at 19:30 SA time.
• The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 672 Test caps (289 in
the backline and 383 in the forwards), while there are a further 316
caps worth of experience on the bench.
• South Africa and Ireland
have played each other 21 times since 1906, with the Springboks winning
16 Tests, losing four and one was drawn. The Springboks have scored 417
points and 60 tries and conceded 248 points and 24 tries for an average
score of 20-12.
• South Africa and Ireland last met on November 10, 2012 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Springboks won 16-12.
Jean de Villiers will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok
centre, with 87 Tests in this position and will captain South Africa for
the 31st time, placing him third behind John Smit (83) and Gary
• Victor Matfield will extend his own record as
the most capped Springbok in history (117 Tests). He will also extend
his record of 117 Tests as a lock and will also extend his record as the
oldest Springbok ever at 37 years & 146 days.
• Bryan Habana
will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 102 Tests
in this position. If he scores a try, he will extend his record of 56
Test tries for South Africa.
• If he scores a try Bismarck du
Plessis will extend his record of nine Test tries for South Africa as a
hooker. Bismarck and his older brother Jannie will extend their record
of playing together in 40 Tests for the Springboks. Bismarck, Jannie and
Tendai Mtawarira will also extend their record of 15 tests in the
starting line-up as a front-row trio for South Africa.
• If he
goes on as a flank, Schalk Burger will extend his own record as the
most-capped Springbok flanker in history (71 caps). If he goes on as a
flank and scores a try, he will become the sole record-holder for most
Test tries as a flanker (11), a record he currently shares with Juan
• Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks, Duane Vermeulen, Jannie
du Plessis and Bismarck du Plessis have played in all nine Tests for
the Springboks in 2014. Bryan Habana and Tendai Mtawarira have both
missed only one Test in 2014.
• Schalk Burger (jnr) and Cobus
Reinach (both on the bench) are sons of former Springboks. Schalk Burger
(snr) played six Tests for South Africa (1984-1986) and the late Jaco
Reinach four Tests for South Africa in 1986. They played together in all
four Tests against the New Zealand Cavaliers in 1986.
• For Pat Lambie this is a return to the city where he made his Test debut off the bench against Ireland in 2010.
It will be the third time in history that a Springbok team will have
three centurions in the starting line-up. The two previous occasions
were against Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby
Championship earlier this year.
• Adriaan Strauss played against
his cousin Richardt Strauss when the Springboks and Ireland last met in
Dublin on November 10, 2012. They are likely to meet each other again as
Richardt is in the Ireland squad for this Test match.
• It will
be Heyneke Meyer’s 34th Test in charge of the Springboks since he took
over in 2012. Of the previous 33 Tests South Africa have won 24, lost
seven and drawn twice. His winning percentage of 73% is second only to
Kitch Christie’s 100% (14 Tests 1994-1995) since 1992.
referee is Romain Poite of France. It will be his fifth Test involving
South Africa. In previous Tests the Springboks have won three and lost
one. His last Test involving South Africa was in June this year against
Wales in Durban - a game that the Springboks won 38-16.