Jean de Villiers to become Springbok Centurion
The Springbok captain will be the 34th Test player to reach the 100 Test cap milestone.
SARU - Springbok captain Jean de Villiers will on Saturday lead the team out in his 100th Test, against New Zealand in Wellington.
With him on the field will be two of the four South African centurions; Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.
The other two Springbok centurions are John Smit and Percy Montgomery.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer lauded De Villiers.
"When the big names in South African rugby are mentioned, Jean will forever be among them. He's showed a lot of character and resilience to get here, and to me, those are things that set him apart.
"Jean is not only an extremely good rugby player, but he's also one of the greatest captains I've ever worked with."
CHANGES TO THE SQUAD
The fixture will only have one change from last weekend, with Handré Pollard starting at flyhalf.
"We felt that Handré has the right skill set for how we want to approach this game," said Meyer.
Willie le Roux
Jean de Villiers (captain)
Victor Matfield (vice-captain)
Jannie du Plessis
Bismarck du Plessis
Marcel van der Merwe
Lood de Jager
Damian de Allende