Historic Overview of retired Springbok Players and their records/legacy.
John William Smit (2000-2011)
Born: 3 April 1978 in Polokwane
School: Pretoria Boys’ High
Provincial debut: 1997 (Sharks)
Provinces/clubs: Sharks, Clermont Auvergne (France), Saracens (England)
Test debut: 10 June 2000 vs Canada in East London, aged 22
Last Test: 9 October 2011 vs Australia in Wellington, aged 33
Total Tests: 111 Tour matches: 1
Total Springbok matches: 112
Holds record for most capped Springbok captain (83); most capped hooker (96); most capped Springbok in Tests (111); holds world record for most capped captain in major international Test matches (83).
Victor Matfield (2001-2011)
Born: 11 May 1977 in Polokwane
School: Pietersburg High School
Provincial debut: 1997 (Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Provinces/clubs: Blue Bulls, Griquas, Toulon (France)
Test debut: 30 June 2001 vs Italy in Port Elizabeth, aged 24
Last Test: 9 October 2011 vs Australia in Wellington, aged 34
Total Tests: 110
Tour matches: 4
Total Springbok matches: 114
Most capped Springbok lock (110); holds world record with Bakkies Botha for most Tests as a lock combination in the starting line-up (62).