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Victor Matfield to lead South Africa against Wales

Updated: Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 12:45 | Comments

38-year-old Matfield, who has not played international rugby since the 2011 World Cup, will make his 111th appearance
38-year-old Matfield, who has not played international rugby since the 2011 World Cup, will make his 111th appearance

Veteran lock Victor Matfield will equal John Smit's Test match appearance record for South Africa when he leads out the Springboks against Wales for the first test at King's Park in Durban on Saturday.             

The 38-year-old Matfield, who has not played international rugby since the 2011 World Cup, will make his 111th appearance, and 18th as captain, at the same time reuniting with Bakkies Botha in an vastly experienced lock pairing.             

Also returning to the starting line-up is prop Gurthr Steenkamp, one of six changes, four positional, to the match-day squad from the team that beat a World XV in Cape Town last week.             

Wing Cornal Hendricks will make his Test debut, while his provincial team mate from the Cheetahs, uncapped lock Lood de Jager, starts from the bench.

South Africa: 15-Willie le Roux, 14-Cornal Hendricks, 13-JP Pietersen, 12-Jan Serfontein, 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Morn Steyn, 9-Fourie du Preez, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 7-Willem Alberts, 6-Francois Louw, 5-Victor Matfield (captain), 4-Bakkies Botha, 3-Jannie du Plessis, 2-Bismarck du Plessis, 1-Gurthr Steenkamp.     

Replacements: 16-Schalk Brits, 17-Tendai Mtawarira, 18-Coenie Oosthuizen, 19-Lood de Jager, 20-Schalk Burger, 21-Ruan Pienaar, 22-Johan Goosen, 23-Lwazi Mvovo

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