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Famous Rugby Players from South Africa

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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.

This historic rugby players from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African rugby players of note?" and "Who are the most famous rugby players from South Africa?" These prominent rugby players of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African rugby players.

Use this list of renowned South African rugby players to discover some new rugby players that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    David Pocock (born 23 April 1988) is a Zimbabwe born Australian rugby union player. He is an...  more
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    Eben Etzebeth is a South African international rugby union footballer. He currently plays for...  more
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    Morné Steyn (born 11 July 1984, in Cape Town) is a South African rugby union player who plays...  more
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    Bryan Gary Habana OIS (born 12 June 1983) is a South African former rugby union player who...  more
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    Tim Whitehead

    Age: 32
    Timothy John Whitehead is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the...  more
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    Willem Schalk Alberts (born 11 May 1984) is a professional rugby union player who currently...  more
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    Bismarck Wilhelm du Plessis (born 22 May 1984) is a South African rugby union player, who...  more
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    Willem Jacobus le Roux is a South African rugby union footballer. He is an extremely versatile...  more
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    Pieter Hermias Cornelius 'Lappies' Labuschagné is a South African rugby union footballer who...  more
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    Elton Thomas Jantjies (born 1 August 1990) is a South African rugby union player for the South...  more
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    Johann Sadie (born 23 January 1989 in Malmesbury, South Africa) is a professional South...  more
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    Jano Vermaak

    Age: 35
    Jano Vermaak is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a scrum-half for Toulouse...  more
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    Adriaan Strauss

    Age: 34
    Jan Adriaan Strauss (born 18 November 1985 in Bloemfontein, South Africa) is a former rugby...  more
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    Christiaan Rudolph Liebenberg (born 18 December 1981) is a former South African rugby union...  more
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    Jan Nathaniel du Plessis (born 16 November 1982 in Bethlehem, Free State) is a South African...  more
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    Mike Catt

    Age: 49
    Michael John Catt OBE (born 17 September 1971) is a South African-born former English rugby...  more
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    Andries Bekker (born 5 December 1983 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African rugby...  more
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    Daniel Joseph Vickerman (4 June 1979 – 18 February 2017) was a professional rugby union...  more
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    Peter John Grant (born 15 August 1984 in Durban) is a South African rugby player.He was...  more
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    Ross Carson Skeate (born 2 August 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a rugby union...  more
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    Christoffel Philippus van der Walt is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a...  more
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    Juandré Kruger (born 6 September 1985 in Cape Town) is a South African Rugby union footballer,...  more
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    Jean de Villiers (born 24 February 1981 in Paarl) is a former South African rugby union...  more
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    Andrew David "Butch" James (born 8 January 1979) is a former South African rugby union player...  more
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    Akona Zilindlovu Ndungane (born 20 February 1981 in Mthatha, South Africa) is a former South...  more