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List of notable or famous rugby players from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top rugby players born in South Africa and even some popular rugby players who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African rugby players then this list is the perfect resource for you. These rugby players are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known rugby player from South Africa is included when available.

This is a list that includes people like Akona Ndungane and Odwa Ndungane.

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David Pocock age 29 David Pocock is an Australian rugby union player. He is a Brumbies openside flanker, and is vice captain of the Brumbies.

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Eben Etzebeth age 26 Eben Etzebeth is a South African international rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the Stormers in Super Rugby and for Western Province in the Currie Cup. His regular playing position ...more

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Morné Steyn age 33 Morné Steyn is a South African rugby union player who plays at the Flyhalf position. He plays at number 10 for the Springboks internationally, as well as for Stade Français in the ...more

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Bryan Habana age 34 Bryan Gary Habana is a South African rugby union player who plays as a wing for Toulon in the French Top 14 competition, as well as 2007 Rugby World Cup champions Springboks. Habana was one of ...more

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Tim Whitehead age 29 Timothy John Whitehead is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the Eastern Province Kings. His regular position is centre.

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Willem Alberts age 33 Willem Schalk Alberts is a professional rugby union player who plays for the Natal Sharks in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup He was schooled at Hoërskool Monument in Krugersdorp.

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Bismarck du Plessis age 33 Bismarck Wilhelm du Plessis is a South African rugby union player, who plays for South Africa internationally, the Natal Sharks in the domestic Currie Cup, and the Sharks in Super Rugby.

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Willie le Roux age 28 Willem Jacobus le Roux is a South African rugby union footballer. He is an extremely versatile back-line player who generally plays as a fullback or wing, though earlier in his career he played ...more

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Lappies Labuschagné age 29 Pieter Hermias Cornelius 'Lappies' Labuschagné is a South African rugby union footballer who regularly plays as a flanker.

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Elton Jantjies age 27 Elton Thomas Jantjies is a South African rugby union player. Jantjies made his professional debut with the Lions during the 2011 Super 15 competition, and his International debut with the ...more

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Johann Sadie age 29 Johann Sadie is a professional South African rugby union player. He usually plays as a centre.

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Jano Vermaak age 33 Jano Vermaak is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a scrum-half for Toulouse in the French Top 14 competition. Vermaak previously represented the Lions and Bulls in Super Rugby ...more

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Adriaan Strauss age 32 Jan Adriaan Strauss is a rugby hooker who represents the Blue Bulls in the ABSA Currie Cup and the Bulls in Super Rugby. Strauss made his international debut for South Africa on 19 July 2008 ...more

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Tiaan Liebenberg age 36 Christiaan Rudolph Liebenberg is a former South African rugby union footballer who played as a hooker. He started his career at the Natal Sharks in 2002 before joining Griquas the following ...more

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Jannie du Plessis age 35 Dr. Jan Nathaniel "Jannie" du Plessis is a South African rugby union player, who plays as a prop for South Africa and the Sharks in Super Rugby. Previously, he played for the Vodacom ...more

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Mike Catt age 46 Michael John "Mike" Catt OBE is a South African-born former English rugby union footballer who played for London Irish and Bath. He earned 75 international caps for England and played ...more

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Andries Bekker age 34 Andries Bekker is a South African rugby union player for the Springbok rugby team as well as Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League. Bekker made his South African debut in 2008 against ...more

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Daniel Vickerman age 38 Daniel Vickerman is a former professional rugby union footballer. The 204 cm, 119 kg lock played 52 Tests with the Wallabies, the national team of his adopted country of Australia. After seven ...more

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Peter Grant age 33 Peter John Grant is a South African rugby player. He was educated at Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg where he matriculated in 2001. He plays at fly-half for the Stormers in Super Rugby ...more

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Ross Skeate age 35 Ross Carson Skeate is a rugby union player. He plays for the Sharks and Natal Sharks in the Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions respectively. He returned to South Africa on a two-year deal ...more

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Philip van der Walt age 28 Christoffel Philippus van der Walt is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a number eight for Biarritz in the French Pro D2, having previously played for the Cheetahs in Super ...more

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Juandré Kruger age 32 Juandré Kruger is a South African Rugby union footballer, contracted to Racing Métro 92 in the French Top 14. His preferred position is at Lock although he has also played in the

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Jean de Villiers age 37 Jean de Villiers is a South African rugby union footballer. He started his career at wing, but now primarily plays inside centre. De Villiers plays for Western Province in the Currie Cup, the ...more

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Butch James age 39 Andrew David "Butch" James is a former South African rugby union player who represented South Africa 40 times and was a member of the team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup. James's ...more

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Akona Ndungane age 37 Akona Zilindlovu Ndungane is a South African rugby union footballer. His usual position is on the wing, though he can play in the centres. He plays for the Bulls in the international Super Rugby ...more

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Waylon Murray age 31 Waylon Michael Murray is a rugby union player, currently playing for the Blue Bulls. He stands 190 cm tall and weighs in at 105 kg and plays the position of centre or wing. He went to Westville ...more

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Ryan Kankowski age 32 Ryan Kankowski is a South African rugby union player, who plays for the Natal Sharks provincially and The Sharks in Super Rugby and has been capped by the Springboks at international level. ...more

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Francois Hougaard age 29 Francois Hougaard is a professional South African rugby union rugby player. His primary position is scrumhalf, but in recent times his pace has seen him being deployed on the wing for the Bulls. ...more

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Jaque Fourie age 35 Jaque Fourie is a South African rugby union rugby player. He is a versatile backline player whose usual position is in the centres. He was a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning team, ...more

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Odwa Ndungane age 37 Odwa Mzuzo Ndungane is a rugby union player for the Sharks in the Super Rugby competition. He plays on the wing. He made his Test debut against Italy in a 26-0 victory in Cape Town in 2008 ahead ...more

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Chris Alcock age 29 Chris Alcock is a rugby union footballer. He plays for the Western Force in Super Rugby. His regular playing position is openside flanker. Alcock moved to Australia with his family at the age of ...more

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Marcel van der Merwe age 27 Marcel van der Merwe is a South African rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is prop. He represents the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competitions and the Bulls in ...more

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Quinn Roux age 27 Quinn Roux is a South African rugby union footballer. He primarily plays as a lock. Roux currently plays for Irish provincial side Connacht in the Pro12, on loan from Leinster, another Irish ...more

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Piet van Zyl age 28 Petrus Erasmus van Zyl is a South African rugby union footballer who plays as a scrum-half for the Bulls in Super Rugby and the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup competition.

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Ross Cronjé age 28 Ross Cronjé is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a scrum-half. He represents the Lions in Super Rugby and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. He ...more

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Rocco Jansen age 31 Rocco Reginald Jansen is a South African rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is Wing. He represents the Cheetahs in Super Rugby and Griquas in the Currie Cup. He has previously ...more

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Fudge Mabeta age 30 Mthunzi Karl "Fudge" Mabeta is a United States-born South African rugby union footballer, currently playing with KwaZulu-Natal Moor Cup side College Rovers. He made more than 50 ...more

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Ruan Combrinck age 27 Ruan Jacobus Combrinck is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays mostly as a Full-Back. He represents the Lions in Super Rugby and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. ...more

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Philip Snyman age 31 Philippus Albertus Borman "Philip" Snyman is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a centre or winger for the Cheetahs in both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup. In 2013, he ...more

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Marcell Coetzee age 26 Marcell Cornelius Coetzee is a South African rugby union player and currently plays for the Sharks in Super Rugby and for the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup. He plays as a flanker. Coetzee made ...more

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Jürgen Visser age 28 Petrus Jurgen Visser is a South African rugby union footballer. His usual position is full back. He represents the Bulls in Super Rugby and the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. ...more

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Izak van der Westhuizen age 32 Izak Petrus van der Westhuizen is a South African rugby union player whose regular position is lock.

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Reggie Goodes age 25 Reggie Goodes is a rugby union footballer who plays as a loosehead prop for Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup and the Hurricanes in Super Rugby.

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Francois Venter age 26 Jacobus Francois Venter is a South African rugby union footballer. He usually plays as an inside-centre.

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Warren Whiteley age 30 Warren Roger Whiteley is a South African rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is eighthman. He represents the Lions in Super Rugby and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and ...more

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Lourens Adriaanse age 30 Lourens Cornelius Adriaanse is a South African rugby union footballer who plays as a tighthead prop.

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Grant Hattingh age 27 Grant Neil Hattingh is a rugby union footballer. He can play as a lock, flanker or eighthman.

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Gerrit-Jan van Velze age 30 Gerrit-Jan van Velze is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays for the Worcester Warriors in the RFU Championship, where he is captain. He is a versatile forward and can play as a ...more

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Nic Groom age 28 Nicholas James Groom is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a scrum-half for the Stormers in Super Rugby and Western Province in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. In 2013, he ...more

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Nick Fenton-Wells age 31 Nick Fenton-Wells is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a Flanker for the Saracens in the Aviva Premiership and is formerly of the Stormers in Super Rugby and Western Province ...more