12 Springbok stats and facts (vs Argentina)


Stats and facts for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Salta.

– The total Test caps for the Springboks‘ starting lineup is 555. There are 175 caps in the backline with 380 caps among the forwards. On the bench, there are a further 275 caps.

– The average caps per player in the backline are 25, the forwards 48 while the players on the bench average 34.

– The average age of the starting XV is 28.

Springbok team

Eben Etzebeth is the third-most capped Springbok lock with 77 Tests. Victor Matfield (127) and Bakkies Botha (85) are the most capped Bok locks.

Beast Mtawarira is the most capped Springbok prop with 109 Tests.

– The Springboks need 12 points to reach 1,000 points against Argentina. It will only be the third time that they have achieved that against another country – the other two being New Zealand and Australia.

Handré Pollard needs 17 points to reach 150 career points in the Rugby Championship and two points to reach 50 career points against Argentina.

Beast Mtawarira will join Bryan Habana on 53 appearances as the most capped Boks in the Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship.

– The Springboks‘ Test record against the Pumas is: Played 28, Won 24, Lost 3, Drawn 1, Points for 988, Points against 563, Tries for 118, Tries against 53, Win % 86.

– The Springboks‘ record against the Pumas in Argentina is: Played 14, Won 11, Lost 2, Drawn 1, Points for 462, Points against 305, Tries for 54, Tries against 29, Win % 79.

– The referee is Romain Poite of France. This will be his 12th Test as a referee involving the Boks and the 63rd Test in his career.

– The assistant referees are Matthew Carley and Karl Dickson, both from England, while Rowan Kitt, also from England, will be the TMO.

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