RUGBY NEWS - Here are all the stats and facts for the Springboks’ final World Cup pool match against Canada in Kobe on 8 October 2019.
- Canada has been playing international rugby since 1932 and have competed in every Rugby World Cup tournament since 1987.
- The Springboks’ first Test match against Canada, also known as the Canucks, was during the Rugby World Cup in South Africa in 1995. The Springboks won the match at the Boet Erasmus Stadium in Port Elizabeth 20-0.
- Five years later, the second Test between the two teams took place at Waverley Park in East London when the Springboks were again the victors, the score was 51-18.
- The Test match on Tuesday 8 October, will feature only one Springbok who played in the Test in East London, but this time as the Springbok coach, Rassie Erasmus.
- The total test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 396.
- There are 177 caps in the Springbok backline with 219 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 349 caps.
- The average caps per player in the Springboks’ backline is 25, the forwards 27 while the players on the bench average 44.
- The average age of the Springboks’ starting fifteen is 27.
- Handre Pollard is the Springbok record holder for most penalty goals (26) in World Cup tournaments. He is now also the new record holder for a Springbok with most points (115) in World Cups. He surpassed the record of Percy Montgomery (111) in the Test against Italy on Friday.