4 Boks v World XV stats and facts

2015-07-10 10:17
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Cape Town - Four stats and facts ahead of the Springboks' one-off match against a World XV side at Newlands on Saturday (17:00 kick-off).

• Ten players who played against the World XV in last year’s corresponding fixture, will be in action again on Saturday. They are Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Victor Matfield, who also captained the team, Francois Louw, Ruan Pienaar, Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen, Willie le Roux and Schalk Burger, who was also selected as replacement.

• The Springboks have played three official Tests against World XV teams - on August 27, 1977 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria (SA won 45-24), on August 26, 1989 at Newlands in Cape Town (SA won 20-19) and on September 2, 1989 at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg (SA won 22-16).

• The Boks also played three non-Test matches against World XV teams - on June 3, 2006 at Emirates Airline Park (SA won 30-27), on December 3, 2006 in Leicester (SA won 32-7) and on June 7, 2014 at Newlands in Cape Town (SA won 47-13).

• The referee is John Lacey of Ireland, who has been in charge of two Springbok Tests before, both in 2014 - against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld (SA won 13-6) and against Wales in Cardiff (SA lost 12-6).



15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jean de Villiers

World XV:

15 Delon Armitage, 14 Lachlan Turner, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 David Smith, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Bakkies Botha (captain), 4 Ali Williams, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16 David Roumieu, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Petrus du Plessis, 19 Flip Van der Merwe, 20 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Rudi Wulf

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