Springboks retain core for final Test of 2013



The core of the Springbok team that has played in 2013 has been selected to start in the final match of the season, marking 100 years of Test rugby against France in Paris on Saturday evening.

 Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth and Morné Steyn all return to the starting line-up after last weekend’s 28-0 win over Scotland in Edinburgh, for the last match of the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.

 Mtawarira, Etzebeth and Steyn are part of a group of 10 players who have been selected for every Test in 2013, along with Willie le Roux, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss and Pat Lambie. A further three players – Du Plessis, Flip van der Merwe and Francois Louw – each missed only one Test this season.

 After an impressive performance against Scotland, Oosthuizen will be in the starting line-up for the first time after 13 appearances off the bench. He takes over at tighthead prop from the injured Frans Malherbe, with the uncapped Lourens Adriaanse coming onto the bench.

 “This is a great opportunity for Coenie and we believe he’s ready to make the step up to a starting role in the team,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

 “I’m also very happy for Lourens, who has been part of the squad for almost the entire season. He’s waited patiently for an opportunity and what better way to make your debut than against France in Paris.”

 Commenting on the return of Mtawarira, Du Plessis, Etzebeth and Steyn, as well as the inclusion of Pieter-Steph du Toit and Siya Kolisi on the bench this week, Meyer said he had rotated the squad during the final three Tests of 2013 in order to keep the players fresh.

 “Gurthrö, Adriaan, Bakkies and Pat did very well last week against Scotland and will have an important role to play this week,” said Meyer.

 “We have been quite fortunate with injuries this year and I’m very happy that we’ve managed to keep the continuity in selection. Most of the players have received ample game time and showed they have what it takes to perform at Test level. Our aim is now to keep on improving against France and hopefully end a very successful season on a high note.”

 The Springboks have won nine of their 11 Tests in 2013 and 12 from the past 14, including last year’s November tour. But the task of taking on Les Bleus in France is a formidable one – South Africa’s last away victory over France was in 1997 at the Parc des Princes.

 South Africa and France have played twice at the Stade de France in Paris with France winning both (20-10) in 2001 and (26-20) in 2005. The Boks have scored 30 points (three tries) against 46 points (four tries) for an average of 15-23.

 The Boks have played six Tests in total at this venue, winning four (England in 1999, 44-21 and twice in 2007 during the RWC, 36-0 and 15-6 in the Final) and Argentina (37-13) also during the 2007 RWC. The Boks’ last game at this venue was the 2007 RWC final against England on 20 October, 2007.

 The Springbok team to face France in Paris is:

 15 Willie le Roux: 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Siya Kolisi 22 Jano Vermaak, 23 Patrick Lambie


  • Springbok Test match records at Stade de France, Paris: 
  • Most points – 34 (2c, 5p, 5dg) by Jannie de Beer on 24 October 1999 against England.
  • Most tries – two by JP Pietersen on 14 September 2007 against England and by Bryan Habana on 14 October 2007 against Argentina.
  • Most conversions – four by Percy Montgomery on 14 October 2007 against Argentina.
  • Most penalty goals – five by Jannie de Beer on 24 October 1999 against England.
  • Most drop goals – five by Jannie de Beer on 24 October 1999 against England. 

    Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. It’s going to be cold,
    Pitch will be frozen
    constant humidity late in the evening.

    Plus that’s ideal conditions for them.
    Rau an pienaar ,JP pietersen and our
    Centre pairing is IMO our weakness.
    The Forwards are great but i hope that it’s not
    a game to far like the previous games
    i witnessed in france.

    I’m suprised that Bakkies is not running up.
    the French have an enormous respect for him.

    Be that as it may
    the boys and I will watch them from home.

  2. Is so Oudste
    but the French will want to run.
    They know that our back line apart from habana and WLRoux
    is all about defence.
    They’ll try and turn us around and chip through
    win the turnover

    Oudste ,is your mail still operational.
    I wish to ask about something?

  3. Maybe
    other countries who beat us on a regular basis
    and lose to us in close games,
    bring home the notion
    that like the Aussies,English ,French and Springbok sides
    On match day
    Are about even.

    Bearing in mind venue home and away
    and injuries.
    And the odd slump like in Australia’s case.

    The only gap is between the pack
    And the All Blacks
    They have beaten us on such a regular basis
    at all levels
    from super 12
    To int level
    that to argue the opposite is inane.

    For them to beat us is normal
    For us to beat them is a almost mystical

    Thus moving down the larger pyramid
    the national cups
    amateur club rugby
    and grassroots level
    Are similar in its essence
    each idividual culture
    believing its superior.

    If a young lad with a limited professional lifetime
    that wishes to ply his trade elsewhere
    because someone better skilled
    has cemented his jersey
    should be free to do so.
    Without being persecuted by narrow minded

    Maybe to play abroad away from pressure
    helps an individual grow
    and the pleasure of playing for a well managed
    professional structure
    with professional players from everywhere
    can only be benificial to the player.

    To move away from the incessasant obsession with race
    And colour
    and indeed to live in a environment where corruption and violent crime
    is not such a major constant issue
    And being exposed to another culture
    Can only be good for that person.

    If the national coach decide that a player from abroad
    is his choice player
    that’s his prerogative .
    He is on the pot
    and indeed tje man who sees the complete picture.

    But toe gaan an about how we are the best
    when we are simply
    at best No 2
    on a constant basis
    is laughable.

    Since kitch and Mallets 17
    We have statistically diminished into
    a tackle bag side for the All Blacks?

    Good enough to give them a run
    but unless by their own undoing,
    hardly ever victors

    And far by anything but buzzword and bek
    From no 1

    Arguably saffas playing abroad
    has been great ambassadors for our national game.
    at times

  4. Bunny
    Conditions wise,
    I think all except ,guys like Bakkies who plays here,
    will struggle.

    The temperature will be piskoud
    Maybe snow.
    Hands freeze up,toes feel like ice
    The hits feel harder
    and the ground is unforgiving.

    If you play it usually it’s hard
    If you come from another climate
    At the end of the season
    with tired player sand with a bacline
    of two players
    It’s nearly impossible .

    I hope that I’m proved wrong
    For the last for years
    They come here and lose
    And piss off
    Leaving me to deal with the French
    For the next year.

  5. At first glance sanity seems to prevail in the team selected but on closer examination a 6-2 split in the reserves ? and 2 locks on the bench?? Unusual and with Lambie covering for every position from 10 to 15??

  6. Oudste ,

    I’ve heard all the talk
    With money bought with hands that worked a winter here
    More naam weg
    And two weeks later
    I heard about another dawn.
    Win this one
    and make me a believer
    So far we are at the quarters and hoping
    We need this win.

  7. This is a very good team, I can’t see France beating the Boks, despite thheir poor record in France. Coenie is probably the best prop in SA when it comes to general play. According to Johan van Graan Coenie made 14 tackles in the 43 minutes he played on Sunday. He is like an extra fetcher at the rucks and very good with ball in hand.
    If he can sort his scrums out he could be a serious contender for a permanent starting spot. I do worry about all his neck operations at such a young age, it must have affected his performance in the scrums.