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Jean de Villiers to become Springbok Centurion

The Springbok captain will be the 34th Test player to reach the 100 Test cap milestone.

The Springbok captain will be the 34th Test player to reach this milestone. Picture: Official Springbok Facebook page.

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.

FULL SQUAD:

Willie le Roux

Cornal Hendricks

Jan Serfontein

Jean de Villiers (captain)

Bryan Habana

Handré Pollard

Ruan Pienaar

Duane Vermeulen

Marcell Coetzee

Francois Louw

Victor Matfield (vice-captain)

Eben Etzebeth

Jannie du Plessis

Adriaan Strauss

Tendai Mtawarira

REPLACEMENTS:

Bismarck du Plessis

Trevor Nyakane

Marcel van der Merwe

Lood de Jager

Warren Whiteley

Francois Hougaard

Pat Lambie

Damian de Allende