Springbok team trivia for the team against Fiji

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Published on September 16, 2011 with No Comments

Super trivia thanks to Tank Lanning:


  • The starting lineup has 675 combined caps
  • The oldest player is John Smit (33 Years)
  • The youngest player is Pat Lambie (20 Years)
  • The heaviest player is Gurthrö Steenkamp (122 kg)
  • The lightest player is Juan de Jongh (85 kg)
  • The tallest player is Bakkies Botha (2.02 m)
  • The shortest players are Pat Lambie and Juan de Jongh (1.77 m)
  • The average weight of the forwards is 116 kg
  • The average weight of the backs is 94 kg


  • John Smit will captain the Springboks for a World record 81st time. It will also be his 14th test in RWC tournaments and 9th as captain. John made his RWC debut in 2003 against Uruguay as a replacement hooker. In this match he will extend his Springbok record of most capped hooker to 93 caps.
  • Jaque Fourie holds the Springbok record for most career tries as a centre (26). With 7 tries in RWC tournaments he is only one try behind Brian Habana’s Springbok record for most tries in RWC tournaments.
  • Danie Rossouw made his RWC debut in 2003 and with four tries in RWC tournaments needs one try to equal Juan Smith’s record for most RWC career tries by a Springbok forward.
  • Schalk Burger is South Africa’s most capped flank forward with 62 tests and shares the Springbok try scoring record for a flank with Juan Smith with 11 tries each.
  • Pierre Spies is South Africa’s top try scorer in tests as a No 8 with 7 tries.
  • Gurthrö Steenkamp shares the Springbok try scoring record for a prop with Chris Koch and Os du Randt with 5 tries each.
  • Bismarck du Plessis shares the Springbok record for most test tries as a hooker with James Dalton and John Smit (5). Bismarck and his brother, Jannie will be playing together in their record 18th test should Bismarck appear.
  • Pat Lambie is the youngest player in the Springbok squad.
  • The following players will make their RWC debut: Pat Lambie and Odwa Ndungane and if used as a substitute, Juan de Jongh.

This will be South Africa’s 26th test match in RWC tournaments. Of the previous 25 tests, only three were lost. So far South Africa scored 96 tries in Rugby World Cup tournaments.

HEAD TO HEAD – Only two previous meetings
02/07/1996         South Africa won 43-18 in Pretoria.
07/10/2007         South Africa won 37-20 in Marseilles.

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