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The Springboks Rugby Championship match against Argentina will take place at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, 29 July 2023.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and Pumas at Ellis Park stadium.

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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 percentage 88%.

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TEAM MILESTONES:

— 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 of all time.

— 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.

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MISCELLANEOUS:

— 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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THE SPRINGBOKS AND PUMAS MATCH DAY SQUADS

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.

Springboks team lineup for Argentina test at Ellis Park Photo supplied Springbok
South African team to face Argentina at Ellis Park. Photo: Supplied.
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