LIVE | Springboks v Wales: Twickenham, London

LIVE | Springboks v Wales: Twickenham, London

The Springboks will take on Wales for the 42nd time since their first meeting in 1906 at Twickenham in London on Saturday, 22 June.

Kick-off is at 15:00 (SA time).

It will be their first Test since being crowned world champions last October in France.

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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off.

DATE

Saturday, 22 June

VENUE

Twickenham in London

KICK-OFF TIME

15:00 (SA time)

REFEREE / MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christophe Ridley (RFU)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Leal (RFU)
TMO: Mark Patton (IRFU)

TICKETS

Over 60 000 tickets have been sold already for the season-opening Test against Wales. Secure your seats now by clicking here

COACHES

Springboks – Rassie Erasmus

Wales – Warren Gatland

TEAMS

South Africa

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (captain), 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Ben-Jason Dixon, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, 23 Damian de Allende

Wales

15 Cameron Winnett, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Mason Grady, 11 Rio Dyer, 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Ellis Bevan; 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 James Botham, 6 Taine Plumtree, 5 Ben Carter, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Dewi Lake (captain), 1 Gareth Thomas

Substitutes: 16 Evan Lloyd, 17 Kemsley Mathias, 18 Kieron Assiratti, 19 James Ratti, 20 Mackenzie Martin, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Eddie James, 23 Jacob Beetham

FOUR SPRINGBOK DEBUTANTS – AND THE SCHOOLS THEY ATTENDED

Edwill van der Merwe (starting XV) – Paul Roos

Jordan Hendrikse (starting XV) – Glenwood High School

Ben-Jason Dixon (bench) – Paul Roos

Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (bench) – Bishops

PREDICTION

Springboks to win by 18 points

HISTORY

Played – 41
SA won – 33
Wales won – 7
Draw – 1
Points for SA – 1 071
Points for Wales – 658
Highest Springbok score – 96
Biggest Springbok win – 83 points (96-13, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, 27 June 1998)
Springbok win percentage – 80.5%

STATS AND FACTS

Pieter-Steph du Toit will lead the Springboks for the second time in his illustrious career – the first time was against Wales in Washington in 2018 when he became the 60th Springbok captain

Four of the last six matches between the Springboks and Wales were decided by five points or less

The Springboks have won five of their last 10 Test matches against Wales – the last of which was a Rugby World Cup warm-up game in Cardiff in August last year, which the Boks won 52-16. The Springboks’ eight tries in that match saw them rack up a record number of points against Wales on Welsh soil

The match marks a significant career milestone for Vincent Koch as he earns his 50th Test cap

The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 637

There are 183 caps in the backline, with 454 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 227

The average caps per player in the backline is 26, the forwards 56, while the players on the bench average 28