Cape Town - Seven stats and facts ahead of the Springboks' Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 21:40 SA time.
• The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 643 Test caps (285 in the
backline and 358 in the forwards), while there are a further 159 caps
worth of experience on the bench.
• South Africa and Argentina have played each other 20 times since 1993,
with the Springboks winning 18, losing one and drawing one. The
Springboks have scored 753 points and 91 tries and conceded 398 points
and 37 tries for an average score of 38-20.
• Bryan Habana will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing,
with 108 caps in this position. If he scores a try he will extend his
record of 58 Test tries for South Africa as well as most Test tries
against Argentina (6). He will also play against Argentina for the 11th
time, improving on his South African record.
• Victor Matfield will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok in
history (122 Tests). He will also extend his record of 122 Tests as a
lock and will captain the Springboks for the 22nd time, which will move
in equal fifth position with Dawie de Villiers on the all-time list
behind John Smit (83), Gary Teichmann (36), Jean de Villiers (35) and
Francois Pienaar (29).
• It will be Heyneke Meyer’s 41st Test in charge of the Springboks since
he took over in 2012. Of the previous 40 Tests South Africa have won 26,
lost 12 and drawn twice. He is third on the all-time list behind Peter
de Villiers (48) and Jake White (54).
• There are four sons of former Springboks in the team: Ruan Pienaar
(father Gysie), Schalk Burger jnr (father Schalk snr), Flip van der
Merwe jnr (father Flippie snr) and Cobus Reinach (father the late Jaco).
There is one grandson of a former Springbok - Pieter-Steph du Toit is
the grandson of Piet “Spiere” du Toit. Patrick Lambie is the grandson of
a former England International Nick Labuschagne.
• The referee is Glen Jackson of New Zealand. In his only previous Test
the Springboks beat Scotland 55-6 in Port Elizabeth in June 2014.