Johannesburg – Jannie du Plessis and Morné Steyn will be playing their 50th Tests for South Africa against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
“We're all very pleased for Jannie and Morné, who are great ambassadors for South Africa and the Springboks,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in Cape Town on Wednesday.
“They have endured through difficult times but have shown a lot of resilience and that is why they have made it to this special milestone.
“It's well-deserved and a privilege only a very small percentage of Springboks have achieved.”
It will be the second time in Springbok history that two players will earn their 50th caps in the same Test. On August 1 2009, Jean de Villiers and Bryan Habana, now the two most experienced members of the squad, reached this special milestone together against New Zealand in Durban.
Du Plessis and Steyn will become the 25th and 26th Springboks to play in 50 Tests for South Africa. Steyn also needs two points to move to 600 Test points for the Boks - he is currently on 598 in his 49 Tests.
The last Springbok to play in his 50th Test was Jannie's brother Bismarck du Plessis, against Argentina in Mendoza last month, which means they will become the first set of brothers ever to play in 50 Tests for South Africa.
In a rotational switch for the Rugby Championship match, Adriaan Strauss and Fourie du Preez have been promoted to the Springbok starting line-up for Saturday's game.
“The players all knew what the plans were for the Rugby Championships and where they stand. We were always going to rotate players where possible and planned to start this Test with Adriaan and Fourie,” Meyer said.
“We know we're in for a big challenge against Australia. The players have been working very hard and we're looking forward to playing in front of our own supporters at Newlands on Saturday - it's always special to play Tests in South Africa.”
Du Preez will start his first Test for the Springboks since the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Australia in New Zealand.
Strauss and Du Preez replace Bismarck du Plessis and Ruan Pienaar respectively, who will both start the Test against Australia on the bench.
The rest of the team which played against New Zealand in Auckland is unchanged.
The Springbok team to face Australia in Cape Town:
Zane Kirchner; Willie le Roux, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers (capt), Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw; Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth; Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oostuuizen, Juandre Kruger, Siya Kolisi, Ruan Pienaar, Patrick Lambie, Jan Serfontein. – Sapa