pic.twitter.com/ufkLX64Er0. Botha made his Test debut against the South American Jaguars in 1980. Percy Montgomery holds the South African record for Test points with 893, which at the time of his international retirement placed him sixth on the all-time list of Test point scorers(he now s… South African rugby players who are currently playing in England have caused a controversy by refusing to show support for the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement. The newest Springbok player to enter the IRB Hall is John Smit, inducted in 2011 alongside Pienaar. Our return on investment wasn’t good enough. As at 14 November 2019, 915 South African rugby union players have represented the Springboks, either by playing in a test match or touring with the national side. He had a streak of 41 successful kicks at goal, which started during the Boks' Test against Italy on 19 June 2010 and ended on 6 November 2010 against Ireland.[5][6]. The world's most-capped lock pairing is that of Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha, who have started together in 62 Tests. [26] Du Plessis would be inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1999. “At Worcester [Warriors], the only South African on team, @Swys_Venter, also refused to kneel. [34] At the time of his retirement following the 2003 World Cup he was South Africa's leading try scorer and most capped player. Playing at fly-half, his first Test was against the touring British team in 1924. France is a gateway for raw rugby talent. 22 November 1986. South Africa's most capped player is Victor Matfield with 127 caps. South Africa’s men rugby players, playing for Sale Sharks in England refused to take a knee in support and acknowledgement of #BlackLivesMatter.”. [14] Osler was inducted to the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007[13] and the IRB Hall of Fame in 2009. ... with a passion for rugby. Craven played several positions including fly-half, scrum-half, centre and even number-eight. (as at 10 December 2019)[3], Morné Steyn holds the Springbok record for the fastest 100 points (8 Test matches)[4], Although statistics on the success rate of kicks at goal were not kept until the late 1980s, it is believed that Steyn also holds the record for most consecutive successful kicks at goal in Tests. [24] His debut was at Number 8 in South Africa's series win over Australia in 1971. Arguably his greatest legacy to South African rugby is the green jersey; he is credited with introducing the colour for South Africa's 1903 Test against the Lions at Newlands. [12], Morne du Plessis played 22 Tests for South Africa between 1971 and 1980. Barry "Fairy" Heatlie, who played in the late 19th century and into the early 20th, was one of the early greats of South African rugby. "[21] Of Muller's 13 Tests, he only lost one—against Australia in 1953. Social Media. [15] However Craven was most famous for popularising the dive pass. Runner. Joe Barry (rugby player) Wahl Bartmann; Bjorn Basson; Ebbo Bastard; Albie Bates; Paul Bayvel; Colin Beck (rugby player) Tommy Bedford; Andries Bekker; Hennie Bekker (rugby player) Ferdie Bergh; André Bestbier; Johnny Bester; Allan Beswick (rugby player) Christo Bezuidenhout; Niek Bezuidenhout; Nick Bierman; Bill Bisset; Robbie Blair; Gcobani Bobo; Selborne Boome; Curwin Bosch Both first played for the Springboks in 1993. Wednesday 18 November 2020 - 9:16am File: England will play South Africa on November 20 … Players included in the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad are indicated in green. In round two of the Currie Cup the Pumas came out on top in their bottom-of-the-table scrap against Griquas in Nelspruit, while the Lions scored a penalty after the hooter to snatch a 22-19 victory over Western Province in Johannesburg. My personal view: By wearing 'Rugby Against Racism' T-shirts, these SA players are clearly supporting the anti-racism campaign. He was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2009. Tygerberg Business Park 163 Uys Krige Drive Plattekloof, Cape Town South Africa 7500. Petzer went on to call the eight, including Francois Venter who was the only player standing during a Worcester Warriors clash as “brave”. They wore the mandatory team T shirt - about being against racism. Playing at fly-half, Botha played 28 Tests and scored 312 Test points before his international retirement in 1992. Several players from the South Africa national rugby union team have joined the IRB and International Hall of Fame. This gave him records for: Eleven former South African international players have been inducted into either the International Rugby Hall of Fame or the IRB Hall of Fame. Rugby clubs in France sign sportspeople directly from South African rugby schools. Michael John Catt OBE (born 17 September 1971) is a South African-born former English rugby... more on Wikipedia John Smit was the world's most-capped captain, having has captained South Africa in 82[7] of his 111 Tests. South Africa national rugby union team players hold several international records. Here are their player ratings after losing a third World Cup final. OPINION: England went down 32-12 to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama on Saturday night. https://t.co/9hFqpUIlIt, © 2020 Independent Online and affiliated companies. [33] Joost van der Westhuizen also participated in the 1995 World cup victory, but went on to play in two more World Cups. Pienaar was named captain in his first Test against France, and went on to captain the side to the 1995 World Cup. [13] His last Tests were the five played against Australia when they toured to South Africa in 1933. "[22] He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997[23] and the IRB Hall of Fame in 2009. [22] Du Preez could play both flanker or lock and was one of the most dominant forwards of the 1960s,[22] but was especially well known for his all round skills. Three South African players, Tendai Mtawarira‚ Bismarck du Plessis and Bryan Habana, have been named in World Rugby 15s Team of the Decade. South Africa's most capped player is Victor Matfield with 127 caps. Look at this! South African Female Sportspersons Golfers Swimmers Cricketers Rugby Players Athletes. [17] His last act as player was captaining South Africa in a Test series against the Lions. Each to their own. A number of South Africans, including Willem Petzer and well known rugby journalist Simon Borchardt supported the players’ decisions to refuse to show support for the anti-racism movement. We can't just ignore historyhttps://t.co/g8fnTeyqQ3. Oscar Pistorius. [28] Gerber also made his debut in 1980, and scored 19 tries in his 24 Tests before retiring in 1992. Francois brought the nation together. [33] The captain of the 2007 World Cup winners, Smit (as noted earlier) ended his international career as the most-capped Springbok in history. Scotland call up two SA-born players for year-end Tests SA-born Duhan van der Merwe is one of three uncapped players in Gregor Townsend's Scotland squad for the upcoming year-end internationals. Argentina claimed a famous victory over the All Blacks on Saturday in Western Sydney as the beat the three-time World Champions 25-15. Keep on reading to know more. Playing at scrum-half, van der Westhuizen played 89 Tests for South Africa and scored 38 tries. Apart from former Bulls flanker Ross, all of the South Africans who refused to kneel are Springboks, while De Klerk and De Jager were members of the side that won last year’s Rugby World Cup under the captaincy of Siya Kolisi, who has voiced his support for Black Lives Matter. Matfield was the most-capped lock for any nation in rugby history, with all of his 127 appearances at that position in 2011, this record has now been overtaken by Alun Wyn Jones. [8] He has since been overtaken by Richie McCaw and Brian O'Driscoll. [31] It was there he captained South Africa to the World Cup title, and received the trophy from Nelson Mandela who was wearing his number 6 jersey. Briefly.co.za learned that the incident took place shortly before an English Premiership game. Second and third appellants are members of the first respondent as well as Matfield who is the second respondent in the cross-appeal. Who is the best South African rugby player? [12], Bennie Osler played 17 consecutive Tests between 1924 and 1933. [32] Nelson Mandela later wrote "It was under Francois Pienaar's inspiring leadership that rugby became the pride of the entire country. South African rugby players are big, powerful men known in particular for their prowess in the tight phases of the game – a fact that English clubs seem to appreciate. South Africa's triumphant World Cup rugby team are revelling in their 32-12 victory over England today - with some of their players posing in just towels and their briefs while holding the trophy. On 1 August during the 2009 Tri Nations tournament, Morné Steyn set a number of records during the second Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks. Just a day later both players were cleared, with the follow up Tests showing a negative response. Six are members of the International Rugby Hall of Fame only; two are members of the IRB Hall of Fame only, and four are members of both Halls of Fame. The trade union serves as a platform for the players to collectively exercise their labour rights and it also empowers them to take collective action on matters pertaining to their employment. CAPE TOWN – Eight South African rugby players have caused controversy by refusing to show support for the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement ahead of an English Premiership game. In the past SA Rugby contracted between 13 and 20 players with the aim of keeping them in South Africa. Downloads. UPROOTED. Matfield was the most-capped lock for any nation in rugby history, with all of his 127 appearances at that position in 2011, this record has now been overtaken by Alun Wyn Jones. He also played six Tests for South Africa against the Lions in 1891, 1896, and 1903, and also captained the side to their only two Test wins of the 1890s. [20], Named South Africa's player of the 20th Century in 2000, Frik du Preez played 38 Tests between 1961 and 1971. (as at 14 February 2018)[10][2], Fly-half Jannie de Beer holds the world record for dropped goals in a Test match (5, during the 44–21 quarter-final win over England in the 1999 Rugby World Cup). We can’t just ignore history.”, Twitter user Cheryl Roberts tweeted: “Look at this! The South African Rugby Players’ Association (SARPA) is the registered trade union which exclusively represent the professional rugby players. Sale Sharks sign SA’s tallest ever Super Rugby player English club Sale Sharks have officially announced the signing of Cheetahs lock JP du Preez on a two-year deal. Cona had discovered rugby by accident, after the South African government bulldozed his family home. 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In South Africa's first Test since the fall of apartheid, against the All Blacks in 1992, he scored twice. South Africa’s men rugby players, playing for Sale Sharks in England, refused 2 take a knee in support and acknowledgement of #BlackLivesMatter. If one takes a look at the South Africans playing for Zurich Premiership teams, prop … Much later for these white privileged sports of SA,” she continued. [19] When writing about the 1949 series against the All Blacks, Harding and Williams wrote: "(Okey) Geffin won the series, perhaps, but Muller made it possible. If they don't want to kneel (for whatever reason, including religious, I presume), that's their decision. He also played in the series against the All Blacks in 1928, but most notably captained the Springboks on their Grand Slam tour of 1931–32 when they defeated all four Home Nations. Each to their own,” Borchardt wrote on his Twitter page. “All 8 South Africans stand (with 3 others) and it does not look good at all. The South African Coloured Rugby Football Board (SACRFB) was formed way back in 1897 — just eight years after its whites-only equivalent. ... having consulted with unions and international rugby players, determined it was appropriate … He appeared for Western Province 34 times between 1890 and 1904, with 28 of them being Currie Cup wins. South African Pierre Schoeman joined Edinburgh in 2018. Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has asked SA Rugby to make a pronouncement on the actions of eight South African players who refused to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement ahead of a match that was played in England at the weekend. The Springboks won 31–19, with Steyn scoring all South Africa's points – 1 try, 1 conversion, 8 penalties. [29] He scored a hat-trick against England in 1984, and played alongside Botha in the World XV team in 1986. The 27-year-old will join Tigers from the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, where de Bruin has made more than 50 appearances since his senior debut during the 2014 Super Rugby season. There are several South African legendary rugby players. [2] Percy Montgomery holds the South African record for Test points with 893, which at the time of his international retirement placed him sixth on the all-time list of Test point scorers (he now stands eleventh). Rugby is a very popular sport in Europe, played and loved by a lot. South African rugby players and officials have been cautioned to practise strict COVID-compliance measures to minimise the risk of infection, after a third Super Rugby Unlocked fixture was cancelled. South African rugby players warned as virus strikes again. CAPE TOWN – Eight South African rugby players have caused controversy by refusing to show support for the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement ahead of an English Premiership game. 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