Fourie du Preez (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sixteen stats and facts ahead of the Rugby World Cup clash between the Springboks and the USA in London.
· After the Springbok tour to New Zealand in 1981, South Africa visited New York to play a historical first Test
against the USA. For security reasons the arrangements for the match
were shrouded in secrecy. The Test was played on a polo field at
Glenville, New York. The only people who attended were officials, a few
media people, the substitutes and security personnel. As a result the
Test was played before the smallest attendance (30) at a Test match
anywhere in the world. South Africa won 38-7.
· Only two Tests were played since, both won by South Africa and the record against the USA is: P3; W3; L0; PF 145; PA: 42. Win%: 100%.
· The most points scored by the Springboks
in a match against the USA were 64 in their match during the 2007 RWC
in France. The score was 64-15 and nine tries were scored by the
Springboks on that occasion.
· The total Test caps
for the Springbok starting line-up is 623. There are 262 caps in the
backline with 361 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a
further 171 caps.
· Rudy Paige could make his Springbok debut from the bench. His Springbok number will be 869.
· Bryan Habana
will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 112 caps
in this position. He is the most experienced Springbok backline player
with 113 caps and only Victor Matfield (125) has played in more Test
matches for South Africa.
· If he scores a try
he will extend his own record of 61 Test tries for South Africa. Bryan
also holds the Springbok record for most career tries (12) in RWC
tournaments. Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is the RWC record holder with 15
· Habana needs one
try to equal the world record for most Test tries as a wing. The
current world record holder is Daisuke Ohata from Japan with 62 tries in
the wing position. · Habana
needs one try against the USA to equal Ray Mordt’s record of three
career tries against the USA. Should he score the try he will also equal
Percy Montgomery’s career record of 15 career points against the USA.· Schalk Burger
will play in his 76th Test as a flank, South Africa’s most capped
Springbok flank. Saturday’s Test will be his 17th RWC Test to join John
Smit as the most capped Springbok in RWC. He is also the Springbok
record holder for most tries as a flank (14) as well as a forward (16).
· Bismarck du Plessis is the Springbok record holder for most tries (10) in Tests as a hooker.
· Morné Steyn
could play in his 60th Test if used as a substitute. He is South
Africa’s most-capped flyhalf with 57 Tests in that position and his
eight career tries is also a Springbok record for a flyhalf. Morné
kicked six successful conversions in the match against Namibia in the
2011 RWC. This is a Springbok record that he shares with Ruan Pienaar
who also kicked six conversions in the same match. Morné needs 12 points
to reach 700 points in Tests for South Africa.
· Francois Louw will play in his 40th Test for South Africa while Trevor Nyakane could play in his 20th if used from the bench.
· Only four players, Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger and Bismarck du Plessis have previously played in a Test against the USA.
· The referee is Pascal Gaüzère of France.
He made his professional debut in November 2010, when he was the match
referee in a Test between Georgia and Canada. It will be his third Test
involving South Africa. The previous two matches were both won by South
Africa. That was in 2013 against Italy and Samoa played in Durban and
· The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
is the venue for the Springbok’s last pool match against the USA. It
has a capacity of 80 000 seats, making it the third largest stadium in
England behind Wembley and Twickenham. The Olympic Stadium, as it is
more commonly known, is home to the West Ham United Football Club. One
more RWC match, the so called Bronze Final, will be played at this