The King Protea as South Africa's national flower was chosen for this purpose, so that the national cricket team became known as the Proteas, for example. Springboks withdraw from Rugby Championship due to South Africa's coronavirus travel restrictions and player safety concerns Posted 25 m minutes ago Fri Friday 16 Oct October 2020 at 1:57am Tendai Mtawarira was among the three Springboks named in World Rugby’s Team of the Decade as part of the Special Edition Awards held on Monday evening. He forms a formidable partnership with fellow locks Lood de Jager and Jason Jenkins, and has impressed with his handling skills and agility. He also played for Bordeaux-Bègles in the French Top 14 before returning to South Africa in 2017 and is now an established member of the Bok front row. Three Boks in World Rugby’s Team of the Decade Three Springbok Rugby World Cup winners, Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Bryan Habana, were named in the World Rugby 15’s Team of the Decade as part of the World Rugby Awards Special Edition held on Monday evening. Mostert, who is nicknamed "Sous" by his teammates, has made a telling impact at lock for the Emirates Lions over the past, He is known for his massive work-rate and strength in the lineout and is a very popular member of the. The abrasive No 8 is one of the world’s best in his position and his strong ball carrying abilities and bone crushing tackling make him an ideal loose forward. Thirty-two capped Springboks – 13 of whom were part of the Rugby World Cup-winning squad in Japan a year ago – a number of Blitzboks and recent Junior Boks are among a roster of 93 players in the draft squad for the historic Castle Lager Springbok Showdown in Cape Town on … The bulk of players selected would be from what can only be termed as the popular, affluent schools. 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. At his relative young age, he is already considered by most pundits as one of the best hookers in the world. In a country such as South Africa, Springbok rugby players have an added responsibility of bringing hope to a nation desperate for good news. Kitshoff has tasted World Rugby U20 Championship success with the Junior Springboks in 2012 and won three South African Vodacom Super Rugby Conference titles with DHL Stormers, all before his 24th birthday. Brits, a mainstay for English club Saracens the last decade, is regarded as one of the best ever foreign imports in the English Premiership. The Springboks will he hoping to make it a lucky number three when they compete in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, starting September 20. Kolisi is a tough-as-nails loose forward who is comfortable on either side of the scrum. Le Roux has established himself as a fan favourite at Wasps in England thanks to his attacking play, good kicking skills. Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images. Your email address will not be published. The Springbok team fresh off winning their maiden Rugby Championship 3 … An unfortunate spite of injuries saw the DHL Stormers front rower making a handful of Test appearances the previous three years after he was a regular for the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. South Africa’s premier club rugby competition pits each province’s club champions against each other. The latter was born on August 1st, 1990 in Graaff-Reinet. Malherbe is very strong in the scrums and not shy to put in the hard yards around the park. Pieter-Steph, who was named the SA Rugby Player of the Year for 2016 and 2018, is an uncompromising forward who is equally comfortable playing on the side of the scrum and at lock. It was his stellar 2015 season playing for Durbanville-Bellville that saw him selected for Western Province that year and then contracted to the Sharks in 2016. However, consistent performances for the Cell C Sharks has once more caught the attention of the national selectors and he established himself in the squad in 2018. Frans Steyn was the youngest member of the the Springboks' RWC squad in 2007, when they brought home the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. The traditional rugby schools will always be there, but the appearance of (to some) lesser-known rugby schools bodes well for South African rugby. Towering RG Snyman is regarded as the natural successor to former Vodacom Bulls and Springbok lock kingpin Victor Matfield. © 2020 Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved. Two Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks, Lukhanyo Am and Sbu Nkosi, have been named in the Cell C Sharks’ backline for their Carling Currie Cup clash with … Marx, the SA Rugby Player of the Year for 2017, is back to his best after missing a part of the 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby competition with a serious hamstring injury. Grey College Bloemfontein, Monument, Affies, Paul Roos, Paarl Gymnasium….. Generally, the natural progression for those fortunate enough to play for the provincial schools team would be the age group teams of the top provincial unions. After starring for the Springbok Sevens for a number of years on the international scene, the industrious flanker decided to concentrate on fifteens with the Emirates Lions, for whom he has made many outstanding outings in Vodacom Super Rugby. Morné’s mother, Pat was the Springbok women’s hockey captain – a unique family record! New Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and director of rugby Rassie Erasmus – the World Cup-winning coach – believe the South African players need … Gelant’s natural attacking abilities has earned him SA Schools, Junior Springboks, Blitzboks, SA ‘A’ and Springbok colours. De Klerk, who made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Emirates Lions when he was on loan from the Mpumalanga Pumas, impressed when he got his opportunities with snappy service, wicked breaks in broken play, a solid kicking boot and a massive work rate. Upon his return to South Africa in 2019, the ever-smiling Brits played for the Vodacom Bulls. Rugby News, Analysis, History, Schedule, Rumours. But what of those players who did not have the privilege of attending one of the elite rugby schools? The South African Springboks have won the Rugby World Cup twice, and continue to try and inspire the nation, on and off the field. The South African Rand will always struggle against Northern Hemisphere currencies, so casting a wider net to bring more talent in the system becomes more important. He made his Test debut in 2012 against Australia in Pretoria and established himself in the squad since 2016, when he played in nine tests. South Africa remains an unbalanced society, but alternate routes to the top of the game are starting to give players who were not part of the elite system the opportunity to make their presence felt at the highest level of the game. In 2008, he left his beloved Bulls to join the Leicester Tigers having won the Currie Cup and Super Rugby title with the side setting multiple records in both competitions. Required fields are marked *. An unfortunate spite of injuries saw the DHL Stormers front rower making a handful of Test appearances the previous three years after he was a regular for the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. The relaxed eligibility laws mean that South Africa could turn to players based abroad to feature in the competition. The speedy Cell C Sharks wing is a clinical finisher out wide and announced himself on the scene with some impressive performances for the Isuzu Southern Kings a few seasons ago, before a brief stint in Bloemfontein. Steyn is one of the most versatile players in world rugby - he can play at flyhalf, centre and fullback, and made his Test debut for the Boks on the wing in 2006. Previously, schoolboy players would be selected to represent their provinces in the annual Craven Week competitions. To illustrate the point that a widened net is starting to produce Springbok rugby players, we took a look at where the members of the original Springbok Rugby World Cup 2019 went to school. South Africa complete hat-trick at World Rugby awards with Pieter-Steph du Toit crowned player of the year, Rassie Erasmus named best coach and Springboks winning team award 03/11/19 14:48 The speedy Cell C Sharks wing is a clinical finisher out wide and announced himself on the scene with some impressive performances for the Isuzu Southern Kings a few seasons ago, before a brief stint in Bloemfontein. Super Rugby competition with a serious hamstring injury. He was appointed Springbok captain last year and the Bok skipper is a huge fan favourite. Springboks past and present, Blitzboks from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Junior Springboks and the best provincial talent were among the list of 93 players originally identified to take part in this unique match. Head to head: The midfield battle looks like a mouth-watering one with Bok star Lukhanyo Am coming up against Wandisile Simelane. In June 2017, he scored 52 points against France in three Tests. The best way to help them to do this is to ensure that the system gives players ever opportunity to find their way to the top, irrespective of their social standing. He has sniping speed around the scrums and edges of broken play, and gives a crisp service from the base. Springbok rugby players. HSBC Hamilton Sevens Series: Saturday, 25 Jan 2020 - Sunday, 26 Jan 2020 : LOG MATCHES TEAMS STATS. Historically, a Springbok rugby players’ journey to the top of the game started at one of the elite rugby schools in South Africa. Erasmus opted for a 17/14 split amongst forwards and backs with 7 players in the squad plying their trade overseas. In 2019, he has continued to impress with his speed and nose for the try-line. He made his Test debut in 2013 and apart from his. Kolisi is a tough-as-nails loose forward who is comfortable on either side of the scrum. Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira is the most-capped member of the current squad. The Springboks have defeated England 32-12 to claim their third ever World Cup after previously winning the tournament in 1995 and 2007. In 2016, he overtook Os du Randt as the most-capped Springbok prop. Springboks players remain in the dark whether they will be departing for the Rugby Championship in Australia on Saturday. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. He forms a formidable partnership with fellow locks Lood de Jager and Jason Jenkins, and has impressed with his handling skills and agility. Upon his return to South Africa in 2019, the ever-smiling Brits played for the Vodacom Bulls. Eleven former South African international players have been inducted into either the International Rugby Hall of Fame or the IRB Hall of Fame. Vastly experienced, he is back in the Bok squad after missing out due to injury in recent year. springboks.rugby Springboks to resume England rivalry at Twickenham South Africa and England will meet for the first time since the 2019 Rugby World Cup final when they clash at Twickenham on 20 November 2021 as part of the Springboks’ three-match tour of Europe. The top 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby point scorer has established himself as a leader in the Bok team. At his relative young age, he is already considered. Siya Kolisi, who made his Test debut against Scotland in Nelspruit in 2013, captained the DHL Stormers from 2017. Springbok squad. Springboks pull out of 2020 Rugby Championship SA Rugby says it has reluctantly decided to withdraw the Springboks from the 2020 Rugby Championship, citing player welfare among other concerns. The former Cell C Sharks scrumhalf has been in superb form for his club, Northampton Saints, in the English Premiership, where he is a firm fan favourite because of his try-scoring exploits. He has been recalled to the Springbok squad by Rassie Erasmus, who wants to use his considerable experience in player-mentor capacity. ASICS launches unique Springbok jersey for British & Irish Lions 2021 Tour. Siya Kolisi, who made his Test debut against Scotland in Nelspruit in 2013, captained the DHL Stormers from 2017. Learn how your comment data is processed. Mostert, who is nicknamed "Sous" by his teammates, has made a telling impact at lock for the Emirates Lions over the past few seasons. Vermeulen battled with some injuries in 2017 but has bounced back to his usual reliable best in 2018 as he played another influential role for the Boks. After winning the World Cup in 1995, South African rugby were faced with … Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? In post-war Springbok rugby, there are a number of instances reflecting sporting talent in a family unit. A strong scrummager on either side of the scrum and very busy in the tight loose, Nyakane excelled for the Toyota Cheetahs and the Vodacom Bulls in the last couple of seasons. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'3wryAo_NTaBdcLZK4fwS8w',sig:'DtIn3UhZQk8Ngk-tUUjtSIWrdal226VFNgpJ4B3o_mo=',w:'594px',h:'389px',items:'1181060433',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); In recent years, two competitions have been added that fit between provincial schoolboy or age-group level and the lower levels of senior provincial representative level. Schalk Brits (Paul Roos), Lood de Jager (Hugenote, Springs), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Hoërskool Swartland), Eben Etzebeth (Tygerberg High School), Steven Kitshoff (Paul Roos Gymnasium), Vincent Koch (Hugenote, Springs), Siya Kolisi (Grey High PE), Francois Louw (Bishops), Frans Malherbe (Paarl Boys), Malcolm Marx (King Edward VII School), Bongi Mbonambi (St. Alban’s College), Tendai Mtawarira (Peterhouse, Zimbabwe), Franco Mostert (Brits High School), Trevor Nyakane (Ben Vorster, Tzaneen), Kwagga Smith (Hoër Tegniese Skool Middelburg), RG Snyman (Affies), Duane Vermeulen (Hoërskool Nelspruit), Lukhanyo Am (De Vos Malan High School, King Williams Town), Damian de Allende (Milnerton High), Faf de Klerk (Waterkloof), Warrick Gelant (Outeniqua, George), Elton Jantjies (Florida High), Herschel Jantjies (Paul Roos), Cheslin Kolbe (Brackenfell High), Jesse Kriel (Maritzburg College), Makazole Mapimpi (Jim Mvabasa SS School, King William’s Town), S’bu Nkosi (Jeppe Boys), Willie le Roux (Paul Roos), Handre Pollard (Paarl Gym), Cobus Reinach (Grey College, Bloemfontein), Frans Steyn (Grey College, Bloemfontein). He is the son of the late former Springbok winger and South African track and field star Jaco Reinach. The competition has produced 49 Springboks, 13 of which were selected for the Springbok Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. The Springboks … Elton Jantjies. The Varsity Cup has proved to be a major contributor to the Springbok rugby player pipeline. A darling of Loftus, Hougaard was capped 8 times by the Springboks scoring 69 points. Rugby Player of the Year in 2015 brings considerable experience to a position where the Springboks have already. Former World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Aphiwe Dyantyi is set to be handed a four-year ban from rugby, according to reports. He made his Test debut in 2013 and apart from his great play in the set piece, he also has very good ball skills. The Springboks have a wealth of talent when it comes to wings, but with the likes Sibusiso Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi not featuring, a player like Rosko Specman could have a point to prove. ... All three players were members of the Springboks’ 2-1 series win over the 2009 British & Irish Lions. Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now. great play in the set piece, he also has very good ball skills. He relocated to England at the end of 2018, where he signed with Gloucester. Since the demise of apartheid the ruling African National Congress has wanted to replace the Springbok across all national teams, as emblem of the racially segregated sporting codes, with a neutral symbol that would represent a decisive break with a repressive past. Jantjies followed up his impressive breakthrough in the 2018 Currie Cup with even more consistently assured performances in the colours of the DHL Stormers in 2019. Marx, the SA Rugby Player of the Year for 2017, is back to his best after missing a part of the 2018 Vodacom. He is a versatile back, has great hands and a knack for busting tackles. by most pundits as one of the best hookers in the world. The world-class players would from that original bunch of school kids selected from the elite playing schools would eventually don the coveted green and gold Springbok jersey. There would be casualties along the way, but the best of the playing crop would progress to the Currie Cup teams and the cream eventually to Super Rugby. Steyn is one of the most versatile players in world rugby - he can play at flyhalf, centre and fullback, and made his Test debut for the Boks on the wing in 2006. Cheetahs and the Vodacom Bulls in the last couple of seasons. Percy Montgomery came into a Springbok team in the midst of a revolution. After making seven Springbok appearances in 2016, he did not feature in 2017, but he was back with the Boks in 2018 and delivered many outstanding performances in the No 15 jersey. He also played for Bordeaux-Bègles in the French Top 14 before returning to South Africa in 2017 and is now an established member of the Bok front row. 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