Springboks vs Wales

Jesse Kriel breaks clear. Image: PA via Backpagepix

Springboks v Wales: Kick-off time, team lists and officials

Here is everything you need to know as the Springboks kick off the 2024 Test season against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

Springboks vs Wales

Jesse Kriel breaks clear. Image: PA via Backpagepix

The wait is over! The Springboks are finally set to return to action for the first time since winning the World Cup last year, with Rassie Erasmus’ charges taking on Wales in a unique June fixture at the iconic Twickenham Stadium.

Although the Springboks are not at full strength, a total of 10 players in the matchday squad featured in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final, while 16 players were members of the Rugby World Cup squad.

However, there will also be plenty of attention on the four uncapped players in the team, with Rassie Erasmus having explained the balancing act in selection.

“We knew what challenges we would face in selecting the squad for this training camp and the Wales Test, but as a team we turned it into a fantastic opportunity to blood a few youngsters and expose them to the national set-up, which will be vital in the next few years as we build a squad capable of trying to win the Rugby World Cup in 2027,” said Erasmus.

“We are already reaping the rewards of exposing a few players to Test rugby in the last few years, with some of them being selected for the World Cup, while a few of the players taking the field on Saturday already know what it takes to succeed at international level.

“Building squad depth is one of our key pillars as a team, and this camp and Test match, as well as the one coming up against Portugal in Bloemfontein in the Incoming Series, will allow us to tick that box with an eye on the next few years.” 

The Springboks-Wales match kicks off at 15:00 (SA time) and will broadcast live on SuperSport.

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The Twickenham encounter will be the Springboks’ first match since they won a record fourth world title in France last year.

SPRINGBOKS V WALES TEAM LISTS

South Africa

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (captain), 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Ben-Jason Dixon, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, 23 Damian de Allende

Wales

15 Cameron Winnett, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Mason Grady, 11 Rio Dyer, 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Ellis Bevan; 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 James Botham, 6 Taine Plumtree, 5 Ben Carter, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Kieron Assiratti, 2 Dewi Lake (captain), 1 Gareth Thomas

Substitutes: 16 Evan Lloyd, 17 Kemsley Mathias, 18 Harri O’Connor, 19 James Ratti, 20 Mackenzie Martin, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Eddie James, 23 Jacob Beetham

REFEREE / MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christophe Ridley (RFU)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Leal (RFU)
TMO: Mark Patton (IRFU)

Stats and facts:

Springbok record against Wales

Played 41; Won 33; Lost 7; Drawn 1; Points for: 1 071; Points against; 658; Tries scored: 126; Tries conceded: 54; Highest score: 96-13; Biggest win: 83 points; Win %: 80%.

Miscellaneous:

  • Pieter-Steph du Toit will lead the Springboks for the second time in his illustrious career – the first time was against Wales in Washington in 2018 when he became the 60th Springbok captain.
  • Four of the last six matches between the Springboks and Wales were decided by five points or less.
  • The Springboks have won five of their last 10 Test matches against Wales – the last of which was a Rugby World Cup warm-up game in Cardiff in August last year, which the Boks won 52-16. The Springboks’ eight tries in that match saw them rack up a record number of points against Wales on Welsh soil.
  • The match marks a significant career milestone for Vincent Koch as he earns his 50th Test cap.
  • The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 637.
  • There are 183 caps in the backline, with 454 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 227