Cape Town - 8 stats and facts ahead of the Springboks' end of year Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Kick-off is at 16:30 SA time.
Springbok starting team boasts a total of 574 Test caps (211 in the backline
and 363 in the forwards), while there are a further 109 caps worth of
experience on the bench.
Africa and Wales have played each other 29 times since 1906, with the Springboks
winning 27, losing one (1999) and one was drawn (1970). The Springboks have
scored 808 points and 101 tries and conceded 428 points and 36 tries for an
average score of 28-15.
Africa and Wales last met on June 21, 2014 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
The Springboks won narrowly by 31-30.
de Villiers will extend the record as the most-capped Springbok centre, with 90
Tests in this position and will captain South Africa for the 34th
time, placing him third behind John Smit (83) and Gary Teichmann (36). If he
scores a try he will become the sole record holder for most tries against
Wales, a record he currently shares with Joost van der Westhuizen (6).
Matfield will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok in history (120
Tests). He will also extend his record of 120 Tests as a lock. It will be his
13th Test against Wales, which is also a record.
he scores a try Bismarck du Plessis will extend his record of nine Test tries
for South Africa as a hooker.
will be Heyneke Meyer’s 37th Test in charge of the Springboks since
he took over in 2012. Of the previous 36 Tests South Africa have won 26, lost
eight and drawn twice.
referee is John Lacey of Ireland. It will be his second Test involving South
Africa. His first Test with the Springboks was in August 2014 against Argentina
at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, which South Africa won by 13-6 after an
unusually heavy downpour during the match.