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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.

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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 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 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 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 30
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 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 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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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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Pieter Hermias Cornelius 'Lappies' Labuschagné is a South African rugby union footballer who regularly plays as a flanker.
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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 is a professional South African rugby union player. He usually plays as a centre.
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Jano Vermaak age 34
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 33
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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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 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