SA vs Wales: Six fast facts

Bryan Habana scores a try against the USA during their RWC group match at The Olympic Stadium, in London, UK - Image by © Rafal Gaglewski/Demotix/Corbis

The first recorded match between the Dragons and the Springboks took place on the 1st of December, 1906.

Since then the Boks have gone on to win 27 of the 30 matches played, with the Welsh winning two and one match being declared a draw.

The Prince William Cup was introduced in 2007, and is awarded to the winner of games between these two sides, as a celebration of 100 years of rugby between Wales and South Africa.

The Springboks may be counting themselves lucky that the quarter-final is at Twickenham and not Cardiff, as the Millennium Stadium is the only venue where the Welsh have managed to beat the Boks.

Wales’ first victory came on 26 June 1999. They then had to wait 15 years before toppling the Boks again on 29 November 2014.

The most-capped player running out for Wales on Saturday will be Gethin Jenkins who wins his 119th cap, while Bryan Habana stands to break Jonah Lomu’s Rugby World Cup try-scoring record of 15 tries.

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