Springbok Test Factfile:Ireland v South Africa at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

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  • Spingbok emblemThe first rugby match played at the original Lansdowne Road Stadium took place on December, 1876 between Leinster and Munster while the first international rugby fixture took place on 11 March, 1878 when Ireland hosted England making Lansdowne Road the oldest rugby union Test venue.

  • Since the first Test in 1878, Ireland has played 244 Test matches at Lansdowne Road with the last one against the Pacific Islanders in November 2006.
  • The demolition of the stadium commenced on 17 May 2007 and the new Aviva Stadium was opened on 14 May 2010. Saturday’s Test will be the first test match at the new stadium.
  • South Africa played 10 Tests at Lansdowne Road, wining on 6 occasions, losing 3 with one match drawn. Points for: 167; Points against: 108; Tries for: 28; Tries against: 11; Average score: 17-11. The last three Test matches in Dublin (one at Croke Park) were won by Ireland.

The Springbok Team

15 – Gio Aplon – 9 caps

14 – Bjorn Basson – 2 caps

13 – Zane Kirchner – 10 caps

12 – Jean de Villiers – 63 caps / Patrick Lambie – Uncapped

11 – Bryan Habana – 66 caps

10 – Morné Steyn – 21 caps

9 – Ruan Pienaar – 43 caps

8 – Pierre Spies – 37 caps

7 – Juan Smith – 65 caps

6 – Deon Stegmann – Uncapped

5 – Victor Matfield (Captain) – 101

4 – Bakkies Botha – 68 caps

3 – Jannie du Plessis – 20 caps

2 – Bismarck du Plessis – 32 caps

1 – Tendai Mtawarira – 22 caps

Replacements

16 – Chiliboy Ralepelle – 17 caps

17 – CJ van der Linde – 65 caps

18 – Flip van der Merwe – 6 caps

19 – Willem Alberts/Keegan Daniel – Both uncapped

20 – Francois Hougaard – 5 caps

21 – Adi Jacobs – 30 caps

22 – Patrick Lambie/Lwazi Mvovo – Both uncapped

Individual Milestones and Record Watch

  • Bryan Habana needs one try to become South Africa’s most prolific try scorer in tests. Bryan currently shares the record with Joost van der Westhuizen on 38 Test tries.
  • Victor Matfield will become the joint record holder for most capped Springbok – 102 tests. Percy Montgomery and John Smit are the other two Springboks with 102 test caps. He will also be the most capped Springbok forward together with John Smit.
  • Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha will extend their World Record of most tests as a lock combination in the starting line-up to 57.
  • CJ van der Linde needs one try to join three other Springboks (Chris Koch, Os du Randt and Gurthrö Steenkamp) as the top try scorer for a prop in Tests.
  • Bismarck du Plessis needs one try to become the sole record holder for most tries in tests by a hooker. He is currently level with James Dalton on 5 career tries.
  • Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis will play in their 11th test match as brothers. The most by any brother combination in Springbok Rugby.
  • Other notable record holders are:
  • Brian Habana – Most tries in tests as a wing – 38, also most test caps as a wing – 65.
  • Victor Matfield – Most capped Springbok lock – 101.
  • Pierre Spies – Most tries in tests as an eighthman. – 7.

Match records in Tests between Ireland and South Africa

Ireland:

Biggest win – 17 (32-15) in Dublin, 2006

Most points – 32 in Dublin, 2006

Most tries – 4 in Dublin, 2006

Most conversions – 3 in Dublin, 2006

Most penalty goals – 3 in Bloemfontein, 2004 and in Dublin, 2004

Most drop goals – 1 in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Dublin, 2004

Most points by a player – 17 – Ronan O’Gara in Dublin, 2004

Most tries by a player – 2 – HS Sugars in Belfast, 1906

Most conversions by a player – 3 – Ronan O’Gara in Dublin, 2006

Most penalty goals by a player – 3 – Ronan O’Gara in Bloemfontein and Dublin, 2004

Most drop goals by a player – 1 – Ronan O’Gara in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Dublin, 2004

South Africa:

Biggest win – 38 (38-0) in Dublin, 1912

Most points – 38 in Dublin, 1912

Most tries – 10 in Dublin, 1912

Most conversions – 4 in Dublin, 1912 and in Pretoria, 1998

Most penalty goals – 4 in Cape Town and Dublin, 2004

Most drop goals – 3 in Durban, 1981

Most points by a player – 20 – Stefan Terblanche in Bloemfontein, 1998

Most tries by a player – 4 – Stefan Terblanche in Bloemfontein, 1998

Most conversions by a player – 4 – Percy Montgomery in Pretoria, 1998

Most penalty goals by a player – 4 – Percy Montgomery in Cape Town and Dublin, 2004

Most drop goals by a player – 3 – Naas Botha in Durban, 1981

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