Cape Town - 16 stats and facts ahead of the Springboks' end of year Test against Italy at the Stadio Euganio in Padova on Saturday.Kick-off is at 16:00 SA time.
• The Springbok starting team boasts a total of 610 Test caps (332 in the
backline and 278 in the forwards), while there are a further 190 caps worth of
experience on the bench.
• South Africa and Italy have played each other 11 times since 1995,
with the Springboks winning all 11 Tests. The Springboks have scored 577 points
and 79 tries and conceded 139 points and 12 tries for an average score of
• South Africa and Italy last met on June 8, 2013 at Growthpoint Kings Park
in Durban. The Springboks won 44-10 and outscored Italy by five tries to one.
• Jean de Villiers will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok
centre, with 89 Tests in this position and will captain South Africa for the 33rd
time, placing him third behind John Smit (83) and Gary Teichmann (36).
• Victor Matfield will extend his record as the most capped Springbok in
history (119 Tests). He will also extend his record of 119 Tests as a lock and
will also extend his record as the oldest Springbok ever at 37 years and 188
Habana will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 104 Tests
in this position. If he scores a try, he will extend his record of 56 Test
tries for South Africa.
and Habana will share the record for the most Tests against Italy when they
play the Azzurri for the sixth time – they previously shared this record with
Ruan Pienaar and Andre Venter.
• If he goes on and scores a try, Bismarck du Plessis will extend his
record of nine Test tries for South Africa as a hooker.
he goes on and scores a try, Gurthro Steenkamp will extend his record of six
tries for South Africa as a prop.
• Willie le Roux, Duane Vermeulen, Jannie du Plessis and Bismarck du
Plessis have played in all 11 Tests for the Springboks in 2014. Bryan
Habana, Cornal Hendricks and Tendai Mtawarira have both missed only one Test in
Goosen will start at fullback for the first time in a Test. Trevor Nyakane will
be in the starting line-up for the first time after 11 appearances from the
bench. Coenie Oosthuizen will start at tight-head for the first time since
France in November 2013. Oosthuizen started at loose-head against Scotland
earlier this year.
Redelinghuys and Nizaam Carr will both make their debuts for South Africa if
they come off the bench, becoming Springboks No. 865 and 866. Ten new
Springboks have been created to date in 2014.
will be the fifth time that a Springbok team has
three centurions in the starting line-up. The four previous times were against
Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship and against Ireland and
will be Heyneke Meyer’s 36th Test in charge of the Springboks since
he took over in 2012. Of the previous 35 Tests South Africa have won 25, lost
eight and drawn
• The referee is Jerome Garces of France. It will be his fourth Test
involving South Africa. Of the previous three Tests the Springboks have won two
and lost one. His last Test involving South Africa was in September this year
against New Zealand in Wellington in the Rugby Championship – a game that the
Springboks lost narrowly by 14-10.
• This will be the Springbok’s first ever Test match at Stadio Euganio,