• Eight Springbok stats and facts

    For Saturday's Test match against England at Twickenham.

    – England and South Africa will play in their 38th Test since 1906. South Africa won 23, lost 12 while two matches were drawn for a win percentage of 62%.

    – The last time England won a Test match against South Africa was 10 years ago. John Smit’s Springboks lost narrowly at Twickenham on 18 November 2006, with the score 23-21. Since that day, South Africa and England clashed in 12 Test matches in which the Springboks were unbeaten with 11 wins and one draw.

    – South Africa’s complete record against England is: P: 37; W: 23; L: 12; D: 2; PF: 780; PA: 592; TF: 72; TA: 42; percentage won: 62; average score: 21-16.

    – Only seven players have played against England before: They are Willem Alberts (4), Eben Etzebeth (5), Pat Lambie (5), Willie le Roux (1), Tendai Mtawarira (6), JP Pietersen (8) and Adriaan Strauss (6).

    – The total Test caps in the Boks' starting lineup are 492, of which 190 caps are in the backline and 302 among the forwards. The combined Test caps of those on the bench are 47.

    Francois Venter will make his Springbok Test debut as Springbok number 877. He will be the 84th Springbok from Free State.

    Eben Etzebeth will play in his 31st consecutive Test.

    Adriaan Strauss will captain the Springboks for the 10th time.

    Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

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    Craig Lewis