Stats and facts: Springboks vs France

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Lions prop Ruan Dreyer will make his bok debut on Saturday.

Tomorrow the Boks and France will face off in the third and final test of the 2017 Castle Lager Incoming series.  There are 4 changes to the Bok team that beat France in Durban Last Saturday. A record crowed is expected at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.  

Here are some Stats and facts about the game.

Caps:

The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 302. There are 106 caps in the backline with 196 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 137 caps.

The average caps per player in the backline are 15, the forwards 25 while the players on the bench average 17.

The average age of the starting 15 is 26.

The tallest player in the squad is Eben Etzebeth (2.04m) and the shortest Rudy Paige (1.67m). The heaviest player is Steven Kitshoff (125kg) and the lightest player is Rudy Paige (80kg).

Overall record:

The Test at Emirates Airline Park will be the 42nd Test match against France. The Springboks and France have played in four Test matches at this venue since 1958. The Springboks lost all four encounters.

Milestones:

Tendai Mtawarira will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok prop, with 90 caps in this position. He is the third most experienced Springbok forward – only Victor Matfield and John Smit have played in more Test matches for South Africa.

Frans Steyn needs 18 points to reach 150 points in Test rugby.

Should Steven Kitshoff be used off the bench he will equal the record for most Test matches from the bench (13) before his first start in a Test match. The other two Springboks who co-hold the record are Coenie Oosthuizen (first start against Scotland, 2013) and Siya Kolisi (first start against Samoa, 2015).

Three tries by South Africa will bring up the 100th try in 104 years of Test rugby against France and one penalty goal by South Africa will bring up the 100th penalty goal as well.

Match officials:

The referee is Angus Gardner of Australia. He was born on 24 August, 1984 in Sydney, Australia and made his Test debut as a referee in November, 2011 in the match between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

To date, he has refereed 10 Test matches. This Test will be his third which involve the Springboks. Of the previous two Tests, one was lost and one won.

The Assistant Referees are Ben O’Keeffe and Glen Jackson, both of New Zealand, while Rowan Kitt of England will again officiate as TMO.

The stadium:

Emirates Airline Park has a seating capacity of 61 519.

Teams:

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds

France

15 Brice Dulin, 14 Nans Ducuing, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot

Substitutes: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Loann Goujon, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Vincent Rattez