Malcolm Marx Springboks

South Africa have confirmed that hooker Malcolm Marx will miss the rest of Rugby World Cup 2023 with a “long-term” knee injury. Photo: SA Rugby website

Springboks v Argentina: Kick-off time, stats, officials, team sheets

This is your one-stop shop to find out everything you need to know about the Springboks Test against Argentina on Saturday.

Malcolm Marx Springboks

South Africa have confirmed that hooker Malcolm Marx will miss the rest of Rugby World Cup 2023 with a “long-term” knee injury. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springboks will play their last match on home soil at Ellis Park this weekend in what also marks head coach Jacques Nienaber’s last match at the helm in South Africa.

Kick off time is at 5.05pm, while the broadcast on SuperSport will begin with its build-up from 4pm.

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Grant Williams, 8  Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Lukhanyo Am, 23 Damian Willemse.

Argentina – 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Mateo Carreras, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Lautaro Bazan Velez, 8 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7 Santiago Grondona, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Lucas Paulos, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (c) 1 Thomas Gallo.
Subs: 16 Ignacio Ruiz, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Pedro Rubiolo, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Moroni.

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Springboks record against Argentina

Played 34; Won 30; Lost 3; Drawn 1; Points for: 1 193, Points against: 657; Tries scored 140, Tries conceded 62; Highest score 73-13; Biggest win 60 points. Win % 88%.


  • Eben Etzebeth has played in 19 Tests against the Pumas and becomes the first Springbok to play in 20 Test matches against Argentina.
  • Etzebeth will surpass former Springbok captain and hooker John Smit’s 111 Test caps on Saturday, making him the fourth most capped Springbok.
  • Malcolm Marx needs one try to equal Schalk Burger’s record of 16 Test tries, the most by a Springbok forward.
  • Grant Williams will earn his first Test start.


  • The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 718.
  • There are 256 caps in the backline, with 462 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 326 caps.
  • The average caps per player in the backline is 36, the forwards 57, while the players on the bench average 40.

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Australia v New Zealand
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Saturday, 29 July, 2023
Ref: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Karl Dickson (RFU)
Assistant Referee 2: Christophe Ridley (RFU)
TMO: Tom Foley (RFU)
South Africa v Argentina
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, 29 July, 2023
Ref: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Busby (IRFU)
TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)

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