In anticipation of the Lelos' tour to South Africa in July, with two Tests scheduled, we take a look back at that game in Sydney, on 24 October 2003, which the Boks won by 46-19 (HT 24-6), with a number of notable milestones and firsts recorded.
It was the first time John Smit was named to lead the Springboks - he went on to captain his country 83 times in total, and was at the helm four years later when South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for the second time, in Paris, as well as in 2009 with the series victory over the British & Irish Lions in SA.
A certain young flanker - then still sans the blonde locks that became his trademark later - made a try-scoring Test debut on that day. It was the first time Schalk Burger played for the Springboks, and he ended his career in 2015, at his fourth RWC, with 86 Test caps. "Schalla" also scored the first of his 16 Test tries against Georgia - the most scored by a Bok forward.
And featuring in only their second Test for the Boks that day were two other heroes of the 2007 RWC campaign, Jaque Fourie, who also scored a try, and Danie Rossouw, who crossed the whitewash twice against the Lelos.
The other try scorers against the Georgians were Bakkies Botha, Joe van Niekerk and Derick Hougaard, who also added four conversions and a penalty goal.
The Springbok team against Georgia in 2003 were: 15 Ricardo Loubscher, 14 Stefan Terblanche, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Werner Greeff, 11 Breyton Paulse, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Danie Rossouw, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Selborne Boome, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Faan Rautenbach, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Lawrence Sephaka. Replacements: 16 Dale Santon, 17 Christo Bezuidenhout*, 18 Victor Matfield*, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Joost van der Westhuizen*, 21 Louis Koen*, 22 Jorrie Muller.
* - unused replacements | All the pictures are from Gallo Images.