Springbok Test Factfile for the Test against the Wallabies in Bloemfontein

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IMJX7638South Africa vs Australia – Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein, Saturday, 4 September 2010

• A total of 750 caps among the starting XV makes this the most experienced Springbok side of all time. The previous record was the 700 caps shared by the starting XV for the Test against New Zealand in Wellington earlier in the tournament.
• This will be the 71st Test match between the Springboks and Wallabies since their first encounter at Newlands in 1933. Of the past 70 Tests South Africa have won 41, lost 28 and drawn 1 for a winning percentage of 59%.
• South Africa’s Vodacom Tri-Nations record against Australia is: Played 33; Won 18; Lost 14; Drawn 1. South Africa scored 67 tries and conceded 73.
• Saturday’s match will be the fourth Test in Bloemfontein between the Springboks and Wallabies. In 1933 Australia won 15-4, in 1969 South Africa won 19-8 and in 1996 South Africa won 25-19.

The Springbok Team

15 – Frans Steyn – 38 caps
14 – J-P Pietersen – 35 caps
13 – Jaque Fourie – 61 caps
12 – Jean de Villiers – 62 caps
11 – Bryan Habana – 65 caps
10 – Morné Steyn – 20 caps
9 – Francois Hougaard – 4 caps
8 – Pierre Spies – 36 caps
7 – Juan Smith – 64 caps
6 – Schalk Burger – 62 caps
5 – Victor Matfield – 100 caps
4 – Danie Rossouw – 53 caps
3 – Jannie du Plessis – 19 caps
2 – John Smit (Captain) – 101 caps
1 – Gurthrö Steenkamp – 30 caps

Replacements

16 – Chiliboy Ralepelle – 16 caps
17 – CJ van der Linde – 64 caps
18 – Flip van der Merwe – 5 caps
19 – Ryan Kankowski – 15 caps
20 – Ricky Januarie – 47 caps
21 – Juan de Jongh – 6 caps
22 – Gio Aplon – 8 caps

Individual Milestones and Record Watch

• John Smit will play in his 76th Test as captain. Should Smit score a try, he will equal the Springbok record for most tries in Tests as a hooker. The current record is jointly held by James Dalton and Bismarck du Plessis with five career tries. Smit will be playing in his 28th Vodacom Tri-Nations test as captain, the most capped captain in the tournament.
• Victor Matfield will play in his 42nd Vodacom Tri-Nations test, the second most capped player in the tournament. George Gregan heads the list with 48 caps. Matfield is also the most capped Springbok against Australia with 21 Tests.
• Bryan Habana needs one try to become South Africa’s most prolific try scorer in tests. Habana currently shares the record with Joost van der Westhuizen with 38 test tries. He needs two tries to equal Breyton Paulse’s career record of seven tries against Australia. Habana is the most capped Springbok wing with 64.
• Jaque Fourie and Jean de Villiers will play in their 22nd test as a centre pairing since their first test together in 2005 against Australia at Ellis Park, extending their Springbok record as a centre pairing.
• Frans Steyn needs one drop goal to become the sole Springbok record holder for most career drop goals against Australia. The current record is two, jointly held by Percy Montgomery, André Pretorius and Steyn.
• Morné Steyn is one of only eight players to have scored more than 100 career points in the Vodacom Tri-Nations (148 in 11 appearances). Dan Carter tops the list with 426 points in 30 appearances. Steyn needs one drop goal to equal André Pretorius’ tournament record of four career drop goals.
• Should CJ van der Linde score a try, he will equal the Springbok record for most tries in Tests as a prop. The current record is jointly held by Chris Koch and Os du Randt with 5 career tries.
• Wayne Barnes of England will officiate as referee in his sixth Test match involving South Africa. Of the previous five tests South Africa have won three and lost two.
• Other notable record holders are:
• Butch James – Most capped Springbok flyhalf – 36.
• Jaque Fourie – Most capped Springbok centre – 50, top try scorer as centre for the Springboks – 25.
• John Smit – Most capped Springbok hooker – 86, most capped Springbok forward – 101.
• Victor Matfield – Most capped Springbok lock – 100.
• Schalk Burger – Most tries in tests as a Springbok flank – 12, also most capped Springbok flank – 60.
• Pierre Spies – Most tries in tests as a Springbok No.8 – 7.

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