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Famous Rugby Players from South Africa

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 openside flanker, vice captain of the Brumbies. Pocock represents the Wallabies in international ...more
  • 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 is ...more
  • Morné Steyn (born 11 July 1984, in Cape Town) 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 ...more
  • Bryan Gary Habana OIS (born 12 June 1983) is a South African former rugby union player who played as a wing. He most recently played for Toulon in the French Top 14 competition, and for the South ...more
  • Timothy John Whitehead is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the Eastern Province Kings. His regular position is centre.
  • Willem Schalk Alberts (born 11 May 1984) is a professional rugby union player who currently plays for Stade Français in the French Top 14 competition. He previously played for the Lions and the  ...more
  • Bismarck Wilhelm du Plessis (born 22 May 1984) is a South African rugby union player, who plays for Montpellier in the French Top 14. He played for the Free State Cheetahs in 2003, before moving to ...more
  • 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
  • Pieter Hermias Cornelius 'Lappies' Labuschagné is a South African rugby union footballer who regularly plays as a flanker.
  • Elton Thomas Jantjies (born 1 August 1990) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team, the Lions in Super Rugby and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup. Jantjies made ...more
  • Johann Sadie (born 23 January 1989 in Malmesbury, South Africa) is a professional South African rugby union player. He usually plays as a centre and currently plays for French Top 14 side Agen.
  • 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 and ...more
  • Jan Adriaan Strauss (born 18 November 1985 in Bloemfontein, South Africa) is a former rugby union player that played first class rugby between 2005 and 2018. He played in 66 international test ...more
  • Christiaan Rudolph Liebenberg (born 18 December 1981) is a former South African rugby union footballer who played as a hooker. He started his career at the Sharks in 2002 before joining Griquas the ...more
  • Jan Nathaniel du Plessis (born 16 November 1982 in Bethlehem, Free State) is a South African rugby union player, who plays as a prop for Montpellier in the French Top 14. He played for the Free ...more
  • Michael John Catt OBE (born 17 September 1971) is a South African-born former English rugby union rugby player who played for London Irish and Bath. He earned 75 international caps for England and ...more
  • Andries Bekker (born 5 December 1983 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for the Springbok rugby team as well as Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League. Bekker made ...more
  • Daniel Joseph Vickerman (4 June 1979 – 18 February 2017) was a professional rugby union player. The 204 cm, 119 kg lock played 63 Tests with the Wallabies, the national team of his adopted country of ...more
  • Peter John Grant (born 15 August 1984 in Durban) is a South African rugby player.He was educated at Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg where he matriculated in 2002. He played at fly-half for the ...more
  • Ross Carson Skeate (born 2 August 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a rugby union player. He plays for the Sharks and Sharks in the Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions respectively. He ...more
  • 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 Rugby ...more
  • Juandré Kruger (born 6 September 1985 in Cape Town) is a South African Rugby union footballer, contracted to Rugby Club Toulon in the French Top 14. His preferred position is at Lock although he has ...more
  • Jean de Villiers (born 24 February 1981 in Paarl) is a former South African rugby union player. He started his career at wing, but played most of his career as an inside centre. De Villiers ...more
  • Andrew David "Butch" James (born 8 January 1979) 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. ...more
  • Akona Zilindlovu Ndungane (born 20 February 1981 in Mthatha, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player whose usual position was on the wing, although he also played as the centre. He ...more