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WATCH | Ultimate show of respect between skippers Kolisi, Savea ahead of landmark 100th Test

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Siya Kolisi. (Photo/Gallo Images)
Siya Kolisi. (Photo/Gallo Images)
  • Springbok captain Siya Kolisi shared a poignant and light-hearted moment with his All Black counterpart Ardie Savea ahead of Saturday's 100th Test between the teams in Townsville.
  • The sides first met on 13 August 1921 in Dunedin.
  • The match will see Kolisi and Savea opposing each other as national team captains for the first time. 

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi shared a light-hearted and poignant moment with his All Black counterpart Ardie Savea ahead of Saturday's keenly awaited Rugby Championship Test between the side in Townsville.

While Kolisi is the Springboks' full-time leader, Savea was appointed in place of Sam Cane, who is out with a long-term injury. In what has been a storied and politically fractured rivalry in the 100 years since the sides first met at the now-defunct Carisbrook Stadium in Dunedin on 13 August 1921, the sides will be led by leaders of colour for the first time in this particular fixture. 

Saturday's Test will be the 100th between the teams and if it wasn't for the Covid-19 pandemic, the landmark Test would have taken place last year.

The moment was shared at a photo opportunity that also involved Wallaby captain Michael Hooper.

The All Blacks and the Springboks will kick off proceedings at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium at 09:05 South Africa time, followed by Argentina and Australia at 12:05.


All Blacks

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Ardie Savea (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Quinn Tupaea


15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn


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