Three Spring­boks play­ers to make Wal­laby de­buts

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CAPE TOWN —Two Spring­boks will make their de­buts against the Wal­la­bies at Lof­tus Vers­feld on Satur­day, while a third could make his mark off the bench.

In nam­ing his 23-man squad for the clash in Pre­to­ria, coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee handed Storm­ers prop Vin­cent Koch and Bulls scrumhalf Rudy Paige the op­por­tu­nity to make their maiden starts against Aus­tralia.

In ad­di­tion, Lions front-rower Ju­lian Redel­inghuys will also get a taste of life against the Wal­la­bies should he be used as a sub­sti­tute.

The Boks have a per­fect 5-from-5 record in pre­vi­ous Rugby Cham­pi­onship matches against Aus­tralia at Lof­tus, with an av­er­age win­ning mar­gin of 18 points (36-18).

Satur­day’s clash will be the 83rd between South Africa and Aus­tralia since they first clashed on July 8, 1933 at Newlands in Cape Town (Boks won 17-3).

Of the pre­vi­ous 82 en­coun­ters, the Spring­boks have won 45, lost 36 with one draw.

The Spring­boks’ big­gest victory over Aus­tralia came dur­ing the 2008 Tri-Na­tions when Peter de Vil­liers’ men tri­umphed 53-8 in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Sadly, in one of SA rugby’s dark­est days, their big­gest de­feat to the Wal­la­bies came dur­ing the 2006 Tri-Na­tions in Bris­bane when Jake White’s side crashed to a 49-0 loss.— Sport24.

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