The Springboks have named the most experienced team in their history for the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2011 against Wales in Wellington on Sunday.

Schalk Burger is back for the Boks in the World Cup opening game.

The team contains a total of 815 caps – narrowly surpassing the 810 caps of the team that played Australia in Durban in August.

Coach Peter de Villiers recalled captain John Smit, loosehead prop Tendai Mtawarira, looseforward Schalk Burger, and fullback Frans Steyn while Danie Rossouw replaced Bakkies Botha – unavailable because of an Achilles heel condition – in the five changes to the team that defeated New Zealand 18-5 in Port Elizabeth last month.

De Villiers named five forwards on the bench with Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Willem Alberts dropping out of the starting line-up while Ulster-based lock Johann Muller could make his first appearance since the third test against the British & Irish Lions in 2009.

The 22 contains 16 players who were part of the victorious 2007 squad, with 11 in the starting 15.

South Africa v Wales, 11 September 2011, Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington

15 Frans Steyn (Racing Metro, France) – 43 caps
14 JP Pietersen (The Sharks) – 38
13 Jaque Fourie (Western Province) – 64
12 Jean de Villiers (Western Province) – 69
11 Bryan Habana (Western Province) – 70
10 Morné Steyn (Blue Bulls) – 29
9 Fourie du Preez (Blue Bulls) – 57
8 Pierre Spies (Blue Bulls) – 42
7 Schalk Burger (Western Province) – 63
6 Heinrich Brüssow (Free State Cheetahs) – 15
5 Victor Matfield (Blue Bulls) – 107
4 Danie Rossouw (Blue Bulls) – 58
3 Jannie du Plessis (The Sharks) – 26
2 John Smit (captain) (The Sharks) – 106
1 Tendai Mtawarira (The Sharks) – 28

Replacements
16 Bismarck du Plessis (The Sharks) – 38
17 Gurthrö Steenkamp (Blue Bulls) – 33
18 CJ van der Linde (Golden Lions) – 72
19 Johann Muller (Ulster, N Ireland) – 23
20 Willem Alberts (The Sharks) – 4
21 Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls) – 10
22 Butch James (Golden Lions) – 41

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