This should be a big deal for the prostitute Springbok. Malcolm Marks when he leads the team into his 50sth appearance in the opening match rugby championship against All black at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
Marx followed in the footsteps of his prostitute friend Bonga Mbonambi, who earned her 50s.th an appearance in the third test decider against Wales, where Marks now takes his place in the starting XI for the weekend’s match.
“We always want to make it special for the players if it’s possible because it’s not always possible, but if a guy is playing a test match, it’s good to start it,” Boca coach Jacques Nienaber explained.
“That’s not to say we won’t alternate like we’ve done on the front row in the past, but in this particular game, it’s nice to start with a guy reaching a significant milestone.
“Our front ranks work as a unit, they have specific roles to fill, so we’re confident that Malcolm will fill his role in the starting lineup and Bongy will fill his role when he comes off the bench.”
Other changes to the starting lineup, which faced Wales a few weeks ago, include Kurt-Lee Ahrendse moving to the wing in place of the injured Cheslin Kolbe, while Faf de Klerk returns to scrum and Jayden Hendrix moves to the bench.
The only other change in match 23 was Salmaan Moyerath replacing Elrie Lowe on the bench.
“Kurt-Lee did well in the second Test against Wales and there are a lot of similarities between his performance and Cheslin’s, so we get a similar player. We also reward the performance because I think he is great,” Ninaber said.
“With Faf, he has been with us for a long time. We’ve won big games with him in the past, like the World Championship and the British and Irish Lions series. So it’s good to have him back in business. I think we will need him and his skills in this particular game and that’s why we decided to go with him.”
Looking at the All Blacks’ challenge, Ninaber was asked if Bok management had learned anything from their series loss to the Irish in New Zealand.
“Ireland is a quality side, they came out with intensity and execution and the plan they had was good. But the fact of the matter is that we are not Ireland, we are not Leinster, we do not play like them, ”admitted Ninaber.
“So the main takeaway from this series is that whatever plan you choose against the All Blacks, you will need to bring intensity and precision to that plan. “