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In naming his chosen few, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the 31-member squad that would represent South Africa in the Rugby World Cup would carry the country's hopes on their shoulders. It would be a tough tournament, he cautioned. Jean de Villiers will captain the team.
The Springboks' most capped player of all time, Victor Matfield, has overcome injury and been named in the Springbok squad for their Australasian leg of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.
Victor Matfield will become the most capped Springbok test player of all time on Saturday when he leads South Africa against Wales at Mbombela Stadium in his 112th test. The legendary lock made his test debut against Italy in Port Elizabeth on 30 June 2001.