South Africa will take on Argentina in their Farewell Test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, 17 August 2019 before the team departs for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Stats and facts:
- The total number of Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 276 – there are 117 in the backline and 159 amongst the forwards, with a further 82 caps on the bench.
- The average caps per player in the backline is 17, the forwards’ average is 20, while the players on the bench average 13.
- The average age of the starting fifteen is 27.
- At 38 years and three months, Schalk Brits will be the oldest player ever to get his first taste of international captaincy in South African rugby history. However, Brits will be the second oldest captain in Springbok history behind Victor Matfield, who was 38 and 172 days old when he led the South Africa against Los Pumas in the bronze medal match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
- Elton Jantjies needs four conversions to join Morné Steyn on 15 career conversions against Argentina. He needs to score 22 points to join Handré Pollard (79 points) in second place for most career points against Argentina.
- Morné Steyn is on top with 84 career points.
- This will be only the second time in just more than 25 years that the Springboks will host Argentina at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
- The only other Test against Argentina at this venue was five years ago, on 16 August 2014, when Jean de Villiers’ Springboks scraped through in a low-scoring match with a seven point victory (13-6).
- To date, the Boks have played 12 Tests matches against the Pumas on home soil, losing only once in Durban (25-37). Pumas wing, Juan Imhoff, scored three tries in that match to become the first and only player to date to achieve such a feat in this fixture.
Remember to get your tickets for the Farewell Test at the Stadium ticket office or online at http://bulls.ticketpros.co.za