Louw to win 50th Springbok cap

14 September 2016

Francois Louw will win his 50th cap for the Springboks on Saturday when they face the All Blacks in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship in Christchurch.

Louw, who made his Test debut against Wales in 2010, will earn his 50th cap for the Springboks on Saturday, while Bryan Habana will play in a landmark 120th Test for the Springboks, and in doing so he will set a new world record for international appearances by a wing.

Springbok Coach, Coetzee said the Springboks know they will face a formidable and in-form All Black team on Saturday.

“Each match between these two traditional rugby rivals is always tough, no matter what the circumstances are, and Saturday’s Test is bound to be another tremendous battle,” said Coetzee.

“Numerous of our players will play in their first Test against the All Blacks and there’s a good deal of excitement in that regard.

“We know that our discipline was not on par against the Wallabies in Brisbane, and we have to show a big improvement on several fronts. Our defence will have to be solid for the full duration of the match, because the All Blacks have the game breakers that will punish you for any defensive lapse.”

The encounter between the two traditional rugby rivals marks the Springboks’ 800th rugby match. The Boks have played in 458 Tests since the first tour by the British Isles in 1891, and 341 official non-test matches, the first of which was played on tour to Britain in 1906.

Springbok team to face New Zealand:

15      Johan Goosen          

14      Bryan Habana

13      Jesse Kriel     

12      Juan de Jongh

11      Francois Hougaard   

10      Elton Jantjies

9        Faf de Klerk   

1        Tendai Mtawarira

2        Adriaan Strauss (captain)   

3        Vincent Koch

4        Eben Etzebeth

5        Pieter-Steph du Toit 

6        Francois Louw

7        Oupa Mohoje 

8        Warren Whiteley      


16      Malcolm Marx

17      Steven Kitshoff       

18      Lourens Adriaanse    

19      Franco Mostert        

20      Willem Alberts         

21      Jaco Kriel      

22      Morné Steyn 

23      Damian de Allende    

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