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Du Toit Honored To Lead Springboks Again

  • June 21, 2024
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Du Toit Honored To Lead Springboks Again

Springbok stand-in captain Pieter-Steph du Toit has described captaining the world champions as a massive honor, an experience he’ll have for the second time in his career.

Du Toit will lead the Boks in their season opener against Wales at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (15:00).

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi is unavailable for the test match as it falls outside the World Rugby window. His French club, Racing 92, is not obligated to release him.

This will be the first time the Boks play since successfully defending the Rugby World Cup in October of last year against New Zealand in France. Du Toit, the former World Player of the Year, was instrumental in that victory, making crucial 32 tackles and earning a well-deserved Man of the Match award.

Known for his quiet demeanor, Bok coach Rassie Erasmus jokingly remarked during “Chasing the Sun 2” that Du Toit rarely speaks, and when he does, it usually indicates a problem.

“On the captaincy, it is a massive honour to captain this team,” said du Toit on the captains run on Friday. 

“I think in the past to captain this team is has a job description – the communication between the players and the ref. Inside the team, everyone has his specific roles that has been assigned to you and that is your responsibility on the field to make sure that aspect of the game falls in.”  

This will be Du Toit’s second time leading the Springboks in his illustrious career. His first time as captain came against Wales in Washington back in 2018, making him the 60th Springbok captain. Unfortunately, the Boks fell short on that occasion, losing 22-20.

Interestingly, Du Toit also made his Springbok debut against Wales on 9 November 2013, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. South Africa emerged victorious in that match, securing a 24-15 win with three tries against Wales.

“Against Wales, it is a game that is special to me because I made my debut in 2013 against them – and first-time captain and now second time, so it is special to me,” he said. 

“The way they play, the physicality that they bring to the game.  

“Obviously, the pressure is always there to win whenever you put on a Springbok jersey. We have done our preparation in the last two weeks have, we have new technical team, but the core of the team is the same. 

“But I think we got a bit more of the edge and I think the pressure will be on both sides.”   

Four out of the last six encounters between the Springboks and Wales have been decided by a margin of five points or less. Historically, the Boks have won five out of their last 10 test matches against Wales. Their most recent victory came in a Rugby World Cup warm-up game in Cardiff last August, where they dominated Wales 52-16. That match also saw the Springboks score a record number of points against Wales on Welsh soil, with eight tries.

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