Frans Steyn

Several Springboks reached personal milestones in Saturday’s Test against Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

MILESTONE: Steyn set for new Springbok record

Frans Steyn is in line to set a new South African record for the longest international rugby career when he takes to the field on Saturday.

Frans Steyn

Several Springboks reached personal milestones in Saturday’s Test against Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

The Boks head into their second match on the end-of-year tour, with Steyn set to achieve a remarkable milestone against Scotland, while Franco Mostert and Jesse Kriel will earn their 50th Test caps on Saturday.

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Steyn is set to edge Victor Matfield as the player with the longest Springbok career by becoming the first South African to play Test rugby over 15 calendar years, should he take the field.

Matfield’s career spanned over 14 years and 122 days, while Steyn – who has been on the winning side in 55 of his 72 Tests and scored 144 points – is in line to increase that mark to 15 years and two days in the second of three Tests in the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour on Saturday.

Bok coach Jacques Nienaber lauded Steyn, who, at 34-years-old, showed that he still has what it takes to star at the highest level of the game by being named Man of the Match against Wales last week.

“Playing international rugby for 15 years is an extraordinary achievement and what makes this feat even more remarkable is that Frans continues to show his class despite being at the twilight of his career,” said Nienaber.

“His influence is equally valuable off the field and it is fantastic to have a player of his calibre guide the young players in the squad.”

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The Springboks have only suffered two defeats against Scotland at Murrayfield since 1994 (in 2002 and 2010).

Here are some other stats and facts:

Springbok record against Scotland:

Played 27; Won 22; Lost 5; Drawn 0; Points for: 712; Points against 306; Tries scored 88; Tries conceded 30; Highest score 68; Biggest win 58 points; Win % – 81.4%.

Match stats:

  • Franco Mostert and Jesse Kriel will earn their 50th Test caps when they take the field.
  • Frans Steyn needs six more points to reach 150 career points for the Springboks.
  • Bongi Mbonambi needs one try to reach 10 tries and 50 career points.

Miscellaneous:

  • The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 669.
  • There are 283 caps in the backline with 386 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 342 caps.
  • The average caps per player in the backline are 40, the forwards 48,while the players on the bench average 42.

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