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Kolisi: Boks extremely proud of ‘Beast’ milestone
June 16, 2018
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi said the entire Bok team was extremely proud of Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, who will make his 100th Test appearance for South Africa on Saturday.

The Boks and England tackle each other in the second of three Castle Lager Incoming Series matches in the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

“He doesn’t want to make a big thing out of it and wants us all to focus on the match and not be distracted,” Kolisi explained when he referred to the century of caps that Mtawarira will reach on Saturday.

“It is a huge milestone for a player to reach 100 Tests and the team and staff are all very proud of Beast,” added Kolisi, who also celebrates his 27th birthday on Saturday.

Looking towards Saturday’s big clash in the Free State capital, Kolisi said the Boks are bracing for a huge onslaught from England.

The Springboks are leading the series 1-0 after last Saturday’s 42-39 triumph in Johannesburg, and they know they have to improve a lot, but according to Kolisi there will be no excuses come Saturday.

“The coaches have worked extremely hard to prepare us for this Test match while the players also put in huge shifts on the training pitch,” said Kolisi.

“We know England are a very strong side and you can imagine how hard they would have worked this week on their readiness for Saturday.”

Former Springbok Andre Venter presented the Springboks with their match day jerseys on Friday afternoon. The 47-year-old Venter made 66 appearances for the Springboks and also played in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, where South Africa finished third.

Saturday’s match in front of a near capacity crowd starts at 17h05 and will be televised live on SuperSport 1. There will also be extensive match day coverage on all the SA Rugby social media channels, with the hashtags #RSAvENG and #Springbokgameday.

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The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, July 20 2019
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, July 27 2019
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, August 10 2019
00:00 - Argentina vs South Africa
Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, August 17 2019
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
RWC Warm-up game
Friday, September 06 2019
00:00 - Japan vs South Africa
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama
Rugby World Cup
Saturday, September 21 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs New Zealand
International Stadium, Yokohama
Saturday, September 28 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs Namibia
City of Toyota Stadium
Friday, October 04 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs Italy
Shizuoka Stadium
Tuesday, October 08 2019
12:15 - South Africa vs Canada
Kobe Misaki Stadium

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