The Springboks have signalled their intention to go all out by appointing former Proteas wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher, as their head coach.
Boucher, who handed out the Springboks’ jerseys in September before their superb victory over Australia at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, will surely be calling on all his knowledge and experience, hoping to guide the Boks to a first ever win against the Proteas.
‘This is a unique challenge and I’m very excited to be involved with the Springboks,’ said Boucher.
‘I know the Springboks are not celebrated for their cricketing skills but it was clear to see early this year in Cape Town that these boys know how to handle a cricket bat and ball. And they certainly don’t lack anything when it comes to being competitive.
‘In the previous match, Butch James took the gloves and I’ll share some tips with him, but generally we have some very talented guys across the park.’
Springbok Management have also confirmed kicking coach and former Bok flyhalf, Louis Koen, will replace the injured Jean de Villiers in the starting XI. Koen was an accomplished schoolboy cricketer during his time at Paarl Gymnasium.
Willem Alberts, who took two wickets with consecutive balls and hit a quick 10 runs off nine balls at Newlands in January, has been named as the Springbok captain in place of De Villiers.
A pledge line to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundation will also take place on the day.
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From an entertainment perspective, legendary South African artist, Johnny Clegg, will perform on the day. He will be joined by award winning rock group, Prime Circle, who will entertain fans before the match.
Fans will also get the opportunity to be part of the autograph session with selected members of both teams.
The popular hit a six competition will once again keep fans screaming for big hits and a kicking competition will also take place between the two sides.
There are still tickets available for the match. Tickets are available from www.ticketpro.co.za and range from R90-R200. Gates open at 3pm.
The match will be televised live on SuperSport 2.