The 2011 tournament in New Zealand will be the largest sporting event ever held in New Zealand, with around 70,000 visitors from all over the world expected to attend.
Since the Springboks inception at IRB Rugby World Cup in 1995, the All Blacks has never again won the Webb Ellis Trophy.
The Springboks have never lost to Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Namibia, Romania, Spain, Tonga, USA, Uruguay, Argentina, Portugal or Samoa.
Percy Montgomery is the first Springbok to have played in 100 tests. He retired in 2008 after a record 102 tests & 893 points in the Springbok jersey. Victor Matfield & John Smit also have 100 test caps now.
In 2005, the Springboks scored 134 points against Uruguay (this is the most points they have ever scored in a test match ever).
12 towns and cities throughout New Zealand will host matches during the Rugby World Cup (deciding on the host cities was a 22-month process for New Zealand).
South Africa’s first international test match took place at Port Elizabeth’s St George’s Park in 1891.
Ellis Park was built in 1928, and in 1955 hosted a record 100,000 people in a test between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions.
When the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup on home turf in 1995, Nelson Mandela wore the No 6 shirt of the team’s captain – Francois Pienaar.
Sources: www.firstscience.com; www.scottishrugbyblog.co.uk; www.rugby15.co.za; www.suite101.com