Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
16 Nov 2013
11:00 am

Boks boast a wealth of experience

Rudolph Jacobs

One of the most experienced Springbok squads in modern times will step onto the Murrayfield pitch tomorrow for their 24th Test against Scotland, boasting a massive 945 caps between the 23 players.

Jaque Fourie of South Africa. © Barry Aldworth/Backpagepix

The starting team has a total of 667 Test caps 412 in the backline and 255 among the forwards while there is the experience of a further 278 caps on the bench.

While the Boks have won 18 of the previous 23 Tests, it will be a memorable day for wing JP Pietersen who will take the field for his 50th Test.

No less than nine other players have already exceeded the 50-Test mark in today’s squad – Bryan Habana (93), Jaque Fourie (70), Jean de Villiers, right, (94), Fourie du Preez (66), Bakkies Botha (76), Bismarck du Plessis (55), Beast Mtwarira (51), Ruan Pienaar (72) and Morne Steyn (52).

De Villiers will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok centre, with 79 Tests in this position, with another 15 coming on the wing position.

He will be the captain for the 23rd consecutive Test, which will put him in fourth place on the list of SA captains behind John Smit (83), Gary Teichmann (36) and Francois Pienaar (29).