Cape Town - 8 stats and facts ahead of the Springboks' Rugby Championship
Test against New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 17:05.
Springbok starting team boasts a total of 657 Test caps (282 in the backline
and 375 in the forwards), while there are a further 296 caps worth of
experience on the bench.
2. Jean de Villiers will become the first Springbok to play in 50 matches
in the Tri-Nations / Castle Lager Rugby Championship. Only Richie McCaw (54)
and Keven Mealamu (52) have played more Rugby Championship games.
3. De Villiers will also extend his record as the most-capped Springbok
centre, with 86 Tests in this position and will captain South Africa for the 30th
time, placing him third behind John Smit (83) and Gary Teichmann (38).
Matfield will extend his record as the most capped Springbok in history (116
Tests). He will also extend his record of 116 Tests as a lock and will also be
playing against New Zealand for the 26th time to extend his record.
Habana will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 101 Tests
in this position. If he scores a try, he will extend his record of 56 Test
tries for South Africa as well as his Castle Lager Rugby Championship record of
18 tries, and will extend his own SA record of seven career tries against New
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 39 Tests for the Springboks. Bismarck,
Jannie and Tendai Mtawarira will also extend their record of 17 Tests as a
front-row trio for South Africa.
will be the second time in history (first last week) that a Springbok team will
have three centurions in the starting line-up.
8. The referee is Wayne Barnes of England. This will be his 10th
Test involving South Africa. The Springboks have won six and lost three of the
previous Tests. The last time he refereed South Africa, was against France on
23 November 2013 at the Stade de France in Paris. The Boks won 19-10.