Cape Town - Nine stats and facts ahead of the Springboks' opening Rugby Championship match against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 12:05 SA time.
· The Springbok starting
team boasts a total of 767 Test caps (282 in the backline and 485 in the
forwards), while there are a further 124 caps worth of experience on the bench.
· South Africa and
Australia have played each other 80 times since 1933, with the
Springboks winning 45, losing 34 and one was drawn. The Springboks have scored
1 552 points and 184 tries and conceded 1 391 points and 142 tries for an
average score of 19-17.
· South Africa and
Australia last met on September 27, 2014 at Newlands in Cape
Town, when the Boks won by 28-10 with four tries (Jean de Villiers (2), Marcell
Coetzee and Patrick Lambie) against one (Adam Ashley-Cooper).
· Victor Matfield will extend
his own record as the most capped Springbok in history (currently on 121
Tests). He will also extend his record of 121 Tests as a lock and will be
playing against Australia for the 27th time, improving his own South
· Bryan Habana will extend his own
record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 105 caps in this position. If he
scores a try he will extend his own record of 57 Test tries for South Africa as
well as most Test tries against Australia (9).
· If he scores a try,
Bismarck du Plessis will extend his record of nine Test tries for South Africa
as a hooker. He will also extend his South African record of 39 Tests with his
brother Jannie; and 16 Tests with Jannie and Tendai Mtawarira as the starting
front row pairing for the Boks.
· Jesse Kriel will be making his
Springbok debut and will become Springbok #867.
· It will be Heyneke Meyer’s 38th
Test in charge of the Springboks since he took over in 2012. Of the previous 37
Tests South Africa have won 26, lost nine and drew twice. He equals Nick
Mallett’s number of Tests, with only Peter de Villiers (48) and Jake White (54)
having coached in more Tests.
· The referee is Nigel
Owens of Wales. It will be his 12th Test involving South Africa. Of
the previous 11, South Africa have won seven and lost four. His last appearance
was in September 2014 against Australia at Newlands when the Boks won 28-10.