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Habana to get 100th Springbok cap

The 31-year-old will become the fourth Springbok and 33rd player overall to play in 100 Tests.

The 31-year-old Bryan Habana will become the fourth Springbok and 33rd player overall to play in 100 Tests. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Bryan Habana will become the fourth Springbok and 33rd player overall to play in 100 Tests when South Africa take on Australia in the third round of the Rugby Championship at Patersons Stadium in Perth on Saturday.

The 31-year-old, who made his debut for South Africa against England in November 2004, holds the record for the most Test tries in a Springbok jersey.

His 56 Test tries places him fourth on the list of all-time international try scorers.

The three-time South African Rugby Player of the Year will lead the Springboks out as he follows Percy Montgomery, John Smit and Victor Matfield in amassing 100 Tests in the green and gold.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has praised Habana for his achievement and says he's a true professional.

"This is an unbelievable achievement by Bryan, who is someone every South African can be immensely proud of.

"Bryan is a true professional and someone who never gives anything but his best, on the field and off it. For him to reach this magnificent milestone is just reward for years of dedication and hard work."

Meyer says Habana is always looking for improvement and he has never seen him play a bad game in the Springbok jersey.

In total, the starting line-up shows six changes from the team which beat Argentina in Salta. Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira have been included in the pack.

Forwards:

Duane Vermeulen, Marcell Coetzee, Francois Louw, Victor Matfield (vice-captain). Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira.

Backs:

Ruan Pienaar, Morné Steyn, Bryan Habana, Jean de Villiers (captain), Jan Serfontein, Cornal Hendricks, Willie le Roux.