Springboks vs France: your match guide

By Kirstin Buick
21 November 2013

The last time the Springboks and Tricolours clashed – in 2009 in Toulouse – France were the victors with 20-13. The Springboks are hoping this weekend’s match will be more successful in all respects, from the national anthem to the final score. If South Africa wins this clash they’d have won 10 of their 12 Tests in 2013.

The last time the Springboks and Tricolours clashed – in 2009 in Toulouse – France were the victors with 20-13. The SA team started the day on a bad note with Ras Dumisani’s interesting take on the national anthem. Go here to see a video of his reggae-flavoured version:

The Springboks are hoping this weekend’s match will be more successful in all respects, from the national anthem to the final score. If South Africa wins this clash they’d have won 10 of their 12 Tests in 2013.

 The match:

Springboks vs France, Stade de France, Paris

Saturday 23 November

Kick-off time: 22:00 (SA time)

TV broadcast: from 21:00 on M-Net/SS1

The team:

The core of the 2013 team were picked for the Boks’ final few matches of the year. Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth and Morné Steyn return to the side following last weeks’ victory over Scotland.

On Saturday Willie le Roux will play fullback, while Pat Lambie will be on the bench to make place for Steyn. The young Pieter-Steph du Toit will also be on the bench as one of six forward reserves.

Ten of the players who’ll be in action on Saturday have been in every 2013 Springbok team: Mtawarira, Etzebeth, Steyn, Le Roux, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss and Pat Lambie.

The line-up:

15. Willie le Roux, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Jaque Fourie,12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Ruan Pienaar 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Francois Louw, 5. Flip van der Merwe, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (vice captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Reserves:

16. Adriaan Strauss, 17. Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Bakkies Botha, 20. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21. Siya Kolisi, 22. Jano Vermaak, 23. Pat Lambie

Interesting facts:

  • The last time the Springboks won a Test in France was in 1997 (at Parc des Princes, Paris, with a score of 52-10).
  • The Boks also won the two sides’ most recent clash, at Newlands in Cape Town in 2010. The score was 42-17.
  • Three of the South Africans in Saturday’s team will be beating their own records for the most Springbok Tests in their respective positions: Jean de Villiers (80 Tests at centre), Bryan Habana (93 Tests at wing) and Morné Steyn (51 Tests at flyhalf).
  • The referee for Saturday’s match is Wayne Barnes of England. It will be his ninth Test in which the Springboks play. Of the eight Tests so far the Boks won five and lost three.

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