Vincent Koch Springboks

Vincent Koch became the 49th player to play 50 Tests for the Springboks. Image: Tom Sandberg PPAUK / Shutterstock

Vincent Koch joins THIS exclusive club of 50+ Test Springboks

Vincent Koch became the 49th player to have played 50 Tests for the Springboks when he ran out against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

Vincent Koch Springboks

Vincent Koch became the 49th player to play 50 Tests for the Springboks. Image: Tom Sandberg PPAUK / Shutterstock

Springbok front-ranker Vincent Koch became the 49th player to have played 50 Tests in the famed green and gold jersey when he ran out against Wales at Twickenham in London on Saturday.

As reported by The South African website, Koch was initially set to start on the bench, but when fellow prop Frans Malherbe learned that his team-mate was making his 50th appearance, he asked to step down and be replaced in the starting XV by Koch.

Springboks have seven Test centurions

The list of all-time Springbok caps is led by retired second-rower Victor Matfield on 127.

However, Eben Etzebeth (third with 120 Tests) is fast closing in on that record mark.

The Springboks have seven Test centurions.

The players most likely to add to that tally are Willie Le Roux (93 Tests), and Siya Kolisi and Steven Kitshoff who both have played 83 Tests.

Meanwhile, the next player to join the 50-Test club should be wing Makazole Mapimpi who currently boasts 42 caps.

Koch is the only member of the 50-Test club never to have scored a point for South Africa.

PlayerTestsTries
Victor Matfield1277
Bryan Habana12467
Eben Etzebeth1206
Tendai Mtawarira1172
John Smit1118
Jean de Villiers10927
Percy Montgomery10225
Willie le Roux9315
Joost van der Westhuizen8938
Ruan Pienaar888
Schalk Burger jnr8616
Bakkies Botha857
Siya Kolisi8310
Steven Kitshoff832
Os du Randt805
Damian de Allende7911
Bismarck du Plessis7911
Francois Steyn7811
Mark Andrews7712
Pieter-Steph du Toit778
Fourie du Preez7616
Francois Louw7610
Duane Vermeulen763
CJ van der Linde754
Franco Mostert743
Jaque Fourie7232
JP Pietersen7024
Juan Smith7012
Jannie du Plessis701
Frans Malherbe701
Jesse Kriel6916
Bongi Mbonambi6914
Handré Pollard697
Morné Steyn688
Trevor Nyakane671
André Venter669
Adriaan Strauss666
Lood de Jager665
Malcolm Marx6517
Breyton Paulse6426
Danie Rossouw6310
Faf de Klerk565
Pat Lambie562
Ollie le Roux541
Pierre Spies537
Gürthro Steenkamp536
Joe van Niekerk5210
Albert van den Berg514
Vincent Koch500