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Sport24.co.za | 8 stats and facts: Springboks v Ireland



Cape Town – Eight stats and facts ahead of Saturday’s Springboks v Ireland clash at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

· The Springbok starting
team boasts a total of 430 Test caps
(138 in the backline and 292 in the
forwards), while there are a further 94 caps worth of experience on the bench.

· South Africa and Ireland
have played each other 23 times since 1906, with the Springboks winning 16
Tests, losing six and one was drawn. The Springboks have scored 452 points and
64 tries and conceded 303 points and 28 tries for an average score of 20-13.

· South Africa and Ireland
last met on June 11, 2016
at Newlands in Cape Town. The Springboks lost
20-26 – the first ever defeat to Ireland on South African soil.

· There are three uncapped players on
the bench
, Bongi Mbonambi, Franco Mostert and Ruan Combrinck. The first one to
go on will become Springbok #871.

· Tendai Mtawarira is the most
experienced player in the side with 76 Tests to his credit. He is just four
Tests short of Os du Randt’s record of 80 Tests for South Africa as prop. There
are three other players in the side with more than 50 Tests for South Africa,
namely JP Pietersen (67), Morne Steyn (60) and Adriaan Strauss (55).

· If he goes on as flyhalf Morne Steyn
will extend his own record of 58 Test appearances at flyhalf for the
Springboks. He is currently on 694 points and can become only the second player
in history to score more than 700 Test points for South Africa. His total
appearances for South Africa are as follows: 59 at flyhalf (58 in Tests, one in
a tour match), one at fullback and one as a replacement flank, against Scotland
in November, 2013.

· The referee is Angus
Gardner of Australia
. It will be his first Test involving South Africa.

· It will be the 48th
Test match at Ellis Park
.
The Boks
have won 32, lost 13 and two were drawn. The average score is 26-16.



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