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The South Africa
South Africa
national rugby union team, commonly known as the Springboks, is governed by the South African Rugby Union. The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts, and their emblems are the Springbok and the King Protea. The team has been representing South Africa
South Africa
in international rugby union since 30 July 1891, when they played their first test match against a British Isles touring team. Although South Africa
South Africa
was instrumental in the creation of the Rugby World Cup competition, the Springboks did not compete in the first two World Cups in 1987 and 1991 because of anti-apartheid sporting boycotts of South Africa. The team made its World Cup debut in 1995, when the newly democratic South Africa
South Africa
hosted the tournament. The Springboks defeated the All Blacks
All Blacks
15–12 in the final, which is now remembered as one of the greatest moments in South Africa's sporting history, and a watershed moment in the post- Apartheid
Apartheid
nation-building process. South Africa
South Africa
regained their title as champions 12 years later, when they defeated England
England
15–6 in the 2007 final. As a result of the 2007 World Cup tournament the Springboks were promoted to first place in the IRB World Rankings, a position they held until July the following year when New Zealand regained the top spot. They were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the Laureus
Laureus
World Sports Awards.[1] The Springboks also compete in the annual Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri-Nations), along with southern-hemisphere counterparts Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. They have won this championship on three occasions in sixteen years. They also play Test matches against the various rugby-playing nations. Their position in the World Rugby Rankings has varied between the No. 1 and No. 7 positions.[2]

Contents

1 History

1.1 First internationals: 1891–1913 1.2 Inter war 1.3 Post-war era 1.4 Anti-apartheid protests: 1960s–1970s 1.5 Sporting isolation: 1970s–1980s 1.6 Rainbow nation and 1995 World Cup 1.7 2007 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
victory

2 Apartheid
Apartheid
and transformation 3 Controversy over the emblem 4 Jersey 5 Home grounds 6 Records

6.1 Rugby Championship 6.2 World Cup 6.3 Overall

7 Players

7.1 Current squad 7.2 Individual records 7.3 Hall of Fame players

8 Coaches

8.1 Current coaching staff 8.2 Former coaches

9 Tours 10 See also 11 References

11.1 Bibliography 11.2 Notes 11.3 Sources

12 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of the South Africa
South Africa
national rugby union team

1891 British Isles versus Cape Colony match—the first match of the British Isles tour of South Africa.

First internationals: 1891–1913[edit] The first British Isles tour took place in 1891, at Diocesan College.[3] These were the first representative games played by South African sides. The tourists won all twenty matches they played, conceding only one point.[4][5] The British Isles' success continued on their tour of 1896, winning three out of four tests against South Africa. South Africa's play greatly improved from 1891, and their first test win in the final game was a pointer to the future.[6][7] In 1903 the British Isles lost a series for the first time in South Africa, drawing the opening two tests before losing the last 8–0.[8][9] Rugby was given a huge boost by the early Lions tours, which created great interest in the South African press.[10] South Africa would not lose another series—home or away—until 1956.[11]

The 1906 Springboks team.

The first South African team to tour the British Isles and France occurred during 1906–07. The team played tests against all four Home Nations. England
England
managed a draw, but Scotland was the only one of the Home unions to gain a victory.[12] The trip instilled a sense of national pride among South Africans.[11][13] The South Africans played an unofficial match against a 'France' team while the official French team were in England; the Springboks won 55–6.[14][15] It was during this tour that the nickname Springboks was first used.[16][17][18] The 1910 British Isles tour of South Africa
South Africa
was the first to include representatives from all four Home unions. The tourists won just one of their three tests.[19] The Boks' second European tour took place in 1912–13. They beat the four Home nations to earn their first Grand Slam, and also defeated France.[11][20] Inter war[edit]

The Springboks team that faced New Zealand in 1921.

By the first World War, New Zealand and South Africa
South Africa
had established themselves as rugby's two greatest powers.[21][22] A Springbok tour to New Zealand and Australia in 1921 was billed as "The World Championship of Rugby".[23] The All Blacks
All Blacks
won the first Test 13–5,[24] The Springboks recovered to win the second Test 9–5,[24] and the final Test was drawn 0–0, resulting in a series draw.[25] The 1924 British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
team to South Africa
South Africa
lost all four Tests to the Springboks.[26][27] This was the first side to pick up the name Lions, apparently picked up from the Lions embroidered on their ties.[28][29] The All Blacks
All Blacks
first toured South Africa
South Africa
in 1928, and again the Test series finished level. The Springboks won the first Test 17–0 to inflict the All Blacks' heaviest defeat since 1893.[30][31] The All Blacks
All Blacks
rebounded to win the second Test 7–6. After a Springbok win in the third Test, the All Blacks
All Blacks
won 13–5 to draw the series.[32] Despite winning South Africa's second Grand Slam, the Springbok tourists of 1931–32 were an unloved team, due to their tactics of kicking for territory.[33][34] It was successful however, winning against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as defeating all their Welsh opponents for the first time.[35]

The complete squad that toured New Zealand and Australia in 1937.

In 1933, Australia toured South Africa, with the Springboks winning the series 3–2. In 1937 South Africa
South Africa
toured New Zealand and Australia and their 2–1 series win prompted them to be called "the best team to ever leave New Zealand".[36][37] The British Isles toured South Africa
South Africa
again in 1938, winning the majority of their tour matches. The Springboks secured easy victories in the first two tests. However, the Lions bounced back to record a win in the third test, for the first Lions win on South Africa
South Africa
soil since 1910.[38] Post-war era[edit] Danie Craven
Danie Craven
was appointed coach in 1949, and started his coaching career winning ten matches in a row, including a 4–0 whitewash of New Zealand on their 1949 tour to South Africa.[39] The 1951–52 team that toured Europe was considered amongst the finest Springbok sides to tour.[20] The team won the Grand Slam as well as defeating France. Hennie Muller captained the side. The South African highlight of the tour was a 44–0 defeat of Scotland.[33][40] The team finished with only one loss, to London Counties, from 31 matches.[41] In 1953, Australia toured South Africa
South Africa
for the second time and although they lost the series they defeated South Africa
South Africa
18–14 in the second test. This was the first Springbok defeat for 15 years.[citation needed] The 1955 British Lions tour to South Africa four-test series ended in a draw. In 1956, Springboks toured Australasia the All Blacks
All Blacks
won its first series over the Springboks, in "the most bitterly fought series in history."[42][43] When France
France
toured South Africa
South Africa
in 1958 they were not expected to compete.[44] France
France
exceeded expectations and drew 3–3.[45] The French then secured a Test series victory with a 9–5 victory.[46] Anti-apartheid protests: 1960s–1970s[edit] In 1960, international criticism of apartheid grew in the wake of The Wind of Change speech and the Sharpeville massacre.[47] The Springboks increasingly became the target of international protest. The All Blacks toured South Africa
South Africa
in 1960, despite a 150,000 signature petition opposing it.[48] The Springboks avenged their 1956 series defeat by winning the four-match test series 2–1 with one draw.[43][49] Later that same year the Springboks toured Europe, and they defeated all four Home unions for their fourth Grand Slam. The 1962 British Lions tour to South Africa
South Africa
lost all three tests. In 1963 the touring Wallabies beat the Springboks in consecutive tests, the first team to do so since the 1896 British team.[citation needed] In 1964, in Wales' first overseas tour they played one test match against South Africa, losing 24–3, their biggest defeat in 40 years.[50][51][52] South Africa
South Africa
had a poor year in 1965, losing matches in a tour of Ireland
Ireland
and Scotland, and in a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The planned 1967 tour by the All Blacks
All Blacks
was cancelled by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union after the South African government refused to allow Maori players.[53] In 1968 the Lions toured and lost three Tests and drew one. Next year in the 1969–70 Springbok tour to the UK and Ireland
Ireland
the Springboks lost test matches against England
England
and Scotland, and drew against Ireland. Throughout the tour however, large anti-apartheid demonstrations meant that several matches had to be played behind barbed wire fences. In 1970 the All Blacks
All Blacks
toured South Africa
South Africa
once again—after the South African government agreed to treat Maoris in the team and Maori spectators as 'honorary whites'.[54][55] The Springboks won the test series 3–1. In the Springbok tour of Australia in 1971, the Springboks won all three tests. As in Britain three years before, however, massive anti-apartheid demonstrations greeted the team, and they had to be transported by the Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
after the trade unions refused to service planes or trains transporting them. A planned tour of New Zealand for 1973 was blocked by New Zealand Prime Minister Norman Kirk
Norman Kirk
on the grounds of public safety.[56] The Lions team that toured South Africa
South Africa
in 1974 triumphed 3–0 (with one drawn) in the test series. A key feature was the Lions' infamous '99 call'. Lions management had decided that the Springboks dominated their opponents with physical aggression, so decided "to get their retaliation in first". At the call of '99' each Lions player would attack their nearest rival player. The "battle of Boet Erasmus Stadium" was one of the most violent matches in rugby history.[57] Sporting isolation: 1970s–1980s[edit] The 1976 All Blacks
All Blacks
tour of South Africa
South Africa
went ahead, and the Springboks won by three Tests to one, but coming shortly after the Soweto riots the tour attracted international condemnation. Twenty eight countries boycotted the 1976 Summer Olympics
1976 Summer Olympics
in protest, and in 1977 the Gleneagles Agreement discouraged any Commonwealth sporting contact with South Africa. In response to the growing pressure, the segregated South African rugby unions merged in 1977. A planned 1979 Springbok tour of France
France
was blocked by the French government. The Lions toured South Africa
South Africa
in 1980, losing the first three tests before winning the last one. The 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand went ahead in defiance of the Gleneagles Agreement. South Africa
South Africa
lost the series 2–1. The tour and the massive civil disruption in New Zealand had ramifications far beyond rugby. In 1981, Errol Tobias became the first non-white South African to represent his country when he took the field against Ireland.[citation needed] South Africa
South Africa
sought to counteract its sporting isolation by inviting the South American Jaguars to tour. The team contained mainly Argentinian players. Eight matches were played between the two teams in the early 1980s—all awarded Test status. In 1984, England
England
toured losing both test matches; of the players selected, only Ralph Knibbs of Bristol refused to tour for political reasons. Due to the isolation from apartheid, from 1985 to 1991, South Africa did not play a single test match against an established country, although South Africa
South Africa
did play some matches against makeshift teams.[58] In 1985, a planned All Black
All Black
tour of South Africa
South Africa
was stopped by the New Zealand High Court. A rebel tour took place the next year by a team known as the Cavaliers, which consisted of all but two of the original squad.[59] The Springboks won the series 3–1. In 1989, a World XV
World XV
sanctioned by the International Rugby Board
International Rugby Board
went on a mini-tour of South Africa; all traditional rugby nations bar New Zealand supplied players to the team. South Africa
South Africa
was not permitted by the International Rugby Board
International Rugby Board
to compete in the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup, nor in the following 1991 Rugby World Cup. Rainbow nation and 1995 World Cup[edit] Apartheid
Apartheid
was abolished during 1990–91, and the Springboks were readmitted to international rugby in 1992. They struggled to return to their pre-isolation standards in their first games after readmission. During the 1992 All Blacks
All Blacks
tour, the first to South Africa
South Africa
since 1976, the Springboks were defeated 27–24 by New Zealand, and suffered a 26–3 loss to Australia the following month. South Africa
South Africa
hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup, with a surge of support for the Springboks among the white and black communities behind the slogan "one team, one country."[60] This was the first major international sports event to be held in the Rainbow Nation. By the time they hosted the 1995 World Cup, the Springboks, coached by Kitch Christie, were seeded ninth. They won their pool by defeating Australia, Romania, and Canada. Wins in the quarterfinal against Western Samoa (42–14) and in the semifinal against France
France
(19–15) sent the Springboks to the final. South Africa
South Africa
won the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final against the All Blacks
All Blacks
15–12 in extra-time.[61][62][63][64][65] President Nelson Mandela, wearing a Springbok shirt, presented the trophy to captain Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner. The gesture was widely seen as a major step towards the reconciliation of white and black South Africans. The combined exploits of Mandela and the Springboks in helping unify the country through rugby union was later chronicled in John Carlin's book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
and the Game that Made a Nation, which in turn inspired Clint Eastwood's 2009 Academy Award-nominated film Invictus starring Matt Damon
Matt Damon
as Pienaar and Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
as Mandela. A series of crises followed in 1995 through 1997. Christie resigned in 1996 due to leukaemia. South Africa
South Africa
struggled in the new Tri-Nations competition, the All Blacks
All Blacks
won a test series in South Africa
South Africa
for the first time in 1996,[66] and the Lions won their 1997 South African tour test series two games to one. Coach Andre Markgraaff was fired in 1997 over a racial comment he made.[citation needed] The team suffered successive defeats in the Lions 1997 tour and the 1997 Tri Nations Series. In 1997, coach Nick Mallett coached South Africa's unbeaten 1997 tour of Europe, and in 1998 the Boks tied the then-existing record for longest test winning streak, winning 17 consecutive tests, including the 1998 Tri-Nations.[67] At the 1999 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
the Springboks reached the semi-finals of the competition, where they lost to eventual champions Australia.[68]

Bobby Skinstad
Bobby Skinstad
in June 2007

During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, the Springboks lost by record margins to England
England
(53–3), France, Scotland and New Zealand.[69][70] At the 2003 Rugby World Cup, they were eliminated in the quarter final round – their worst showing to date. Following wins during the June 2004 tours, the Boks won the 2004 Tri Nations Series. The Springboks won the 2004 IRB International Team of the Year award. The Springboks finished second in the 2005 Tri-Nations.

Percy Montgomery
Percy Montgomery
running the ball for the Springboks against Samoa in 2007.

The 2006 Springboks lost to France, ending their long undefeated home record. A poor 2006 Tri Nations Series
2006 Tri Nations Series
included two losses to the Wallabies. Coach Jake White
Jake White
told the press in July 2006 that he had been unable to pick some white players for his squad "because of transformation"—a reference to the ANC government's policies to redress racial imbalances.[citation needed] 2007 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
victory[edit]

The Springboks before their 2007 RWC match against Samoa.

At the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
in France, the Springboks won their pool. The Springboks then defeated Fiji 37–20 in the quarterfinals, and Argentina 37–13 in the semi-finals. In the final they prevailed 15–6 over England
England
to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time. In January 2008, Peter de Villiers
Peter de Villiers
was appointed as the first non-white coach of the Springboks. De Villiers's first squad included ten of colour. The team finishes last in the Tri Nations, but notched several wins during their 2008 end of year tour. The 2009 season was more successful. The Boks earned a 2–1 series win over the Lions, and then won the 2009 Tri Nations Series. However, during the November tests they lost their top spot in the IRB rankings with losses to France
France
and Ireland. Nonetheless, the Boks were named IRB International Team of the Year. The Boks' June 2010 test campaign included a win over France
France
(their first victory over the French since 2005).[71] However, the Boks performed poorly in the 2010 Tri Nations campaign, sliding to third in the world rankings.[72] In the 2011 Tri Nations the Boks rested a number of players in preparation for the upcoming World Cup. At the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the Springboks topped their group before falling to Australia 11–9 in the quarter-final. Apartheid
Apartheid
and transformation[edit] Even before the apartheid laws were introduced to South Africa
South Africa
in 1948 the Springboks had been an all-white team. The team became a symbol of racial division within South Africa, and following the first open elections in 1994, the ruling African National Congress
African National Congress
(ANC) instituted a policy of transformation in South African sport. In this context transformation can be defined as "a complete alternation of the appearance or character of South African rugby", and one aim is to transform the Springboks into a team more representative of South Africa's race and class.[73] South Africa's World Cup winning side of 1995 fielded only one non-white player (Chester Williams). This continued in the team's biggest matches of the 1999 and 2003 World Cups, and in the 2007 World Cup final the team fielded two non-white players ( Bryan Habana
Bryan Habana
and JP Pietersen).[74] South African Rugby Union
South African Rugby Union
president Oregan Hoskins considered the number of non-white players in the 2007 World Cup squad too low,[74] and in 2008 the first non-white coach of the side was appointed. The political pressure on rugby coaches and administrators to select non-white players is strong; 16 of the 35 new Springboks appointed by former coach Jake White
Jake White
were non-white.[74] ANC Minister of Parliament Butana Komphela expressed a view held by many politicians in the country when he said "Sport cannot be excluded from imperatives of empowerment and transformation."[74] Currently, 15 of the 49 players in training for the World Cup are non-white. Controversy over the emblem[edit] Since the demise of apartheid the ruling African National Congress
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. The King Protea
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. A similar change was envisioned for the national rugby squad's springbok emblem. Paul Roos's team had first introduced the Springbok in 1906, and it had promoted a measure of unity among white English and Afrikaans-speaking players after the two Anglo-Boer Wars of the late 19th century.[75] The Springbok was regarded as representing both the exclusion of players who were not designated white under apartheid legislation and, by extension, of apartheid itself.[76] Although the Springbok was adopted briefly by the first coloured national rugby team in 1939 and by their first black counterparts in 1950, it became exclusively associated with segregated sporting codes afterwards. South African rugby officials in particular, and the national rugby team itself, have an historical association with racism from 1906 on. The first rugby Springboks initially refused to play against a Devon side that included Jimmy Peters, the first black player to represent England.[77] Legendary official, national coach, and Springbok scrumhalf Danie Craven
Danie Craven
had acquiesced with government officials who had demanded that Māori players be excluded from visiting All Black teams.[78] Craven had also indicated that the Springbok was exclusively tied to the white identity of the national rugby team.[76] As a result of political pressure the national rugby team jersey from 1992 on featured a king protea alongside the springbok. As portrayed in the film Invictus, pressure to replace the Springbok as emblem for the rugby team came to a head in 1994, just before the Rugby World Cup that would take place in South Africa. As a result of Nelson Mandela's direct interference (Mandela himself was a devoted fan of the Springbok rugby team), the ANC's executive decided not to do away with the emblem at the time, but to reappropriate it. After the national team won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, black rugby pioneer Dan Qeqe said that "The Springboks play for all of us".[75] In March 2004 the South African Sports Commission ratified a decision that the protea be the official rugby emblem on blazers and caps, with the concession that the springbok could remain on the team jersey and the traditional Springbok colours.[79] And in November 2007 the ANC's special conference at Polokwane
Polokwane
again endorsed the need for a single symbol for all sporting codes. While critics like Qondisa Ngwenya foresaw a loss of revenue from dumping the springbok emblem,[75] others like Cheeky Watson urged the need for an alternative, unifying symbol.[80] In 2015 for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the springbok was moved from the front of the jersey to the right sleeve while the Protea
Protea
remained on the front. This was due to World Cup regulations stating that only the IRB logo and the main team logo could go on the front of the shirt. Several South African rugby fans voiced their disappointment and anger at the reveal of the 2015 shirt as a result of the springbok not being on the front of the shirt.[81] Jersey[edit]

2002 Springbok rugby jersey.

South Africa
South Africa
play in green jerseys with a gold collar and trim, white shorts and green socks. The jersey is embroidered with the SA Rugby logo on the wearer's left chest and the springbok logo on the right chest. The jersey is made by ASICS
ASICS
and their current shirt sponsor is South African mobile phone provider MTN Group. Additional uniform sponsors are FNB on the back above the numbers, and Land Rover, FlySafair, and Southern Palace rotating on the rear hems of the shorts. Historically, the green jersey was first adopted when the British Isles toured South Africa
South Africa
in 1896.[82] On their first tour to Great Britain and Ireland
Ireland
in 1906–07 South Africa
South Africa
wore a green jersey with white collar, blue shorts, and blue socks taken from the Diocesan College rugby kit at the time. A replica shirt was worn in 2006 against Ireland
Ireland
in Dublin
Dublin
to mark the centenary of the tour.[83] When Australia first toured South Africa
South Africa
in 1933, the visitors wore sky blue jerseys to avoid confusion, as at the time, both wore dark green jerseys. In 1953, when Australia toured again, the Springboks wore white jerseys for the test matches. In 1961 Australia changed their jersey to gold to avoid further colour clashes.[84] 2017 saw the Springboks wear a red change jersey at Argentina as part of an Asics promotion where the Springboks and Blitzboks wore jerseys in all the colours of the South African flag during the course of the season—the main side wore green, white, and red shirts, while the sevens team turned out in gold, blue and black uniforms. The Springbok nickname and logo also dates from the 1906–7 tour of Britain. The springbok was chosen to represent the team by tour captain Paul Roos in an attempt to prevent the British press from inventing their own name. The logo was not restricted to the white team alone – the first coloured national team used the springbok in 1939 and the first black team in 1950.[82] After the fall of apartheid in 1992 a wreath of proteas was added to the logo. When the ANC was elected in 1994 the team's name was not changed to the Proteas, like that of other South African sporting teams, only because of the intervention of President Nelson Mandela.[82][85] In December 2008, the SARU decided to place the protea on the left side of the Boks' jersey, in line with other South African national teams, and move the springbok to the right side of the jersey.[86] The new jersey was worn for the first time during the British and Irish Lions' 2009 tour of South Africa.[87]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor

1992–1996 Cotton Traders Lion Lager

1996–1999 Nike No shirt sponsor

2000–2003 Castle Lager*

2004 mid-year internationals None

2004 Tri-Nations Canterbury

December 2004 – 2010 SASOL

2011–2013 Absa

2014–2015 Asics

2016 mid-year internationals Blue Label Telecoms

2017- MTN Group

* In a 2001 autumn international against France
France
in Saint-Denis, the logo on their kit was replaced by Charles because of the Evin law, which prohibits alcohol companies from advertising during sports events in France. Home grounds[edit] The Springboks do not use a national stadium as their home, but play out of a number of venues throughout South Africa. The 60,000 seat Ellis Park Stadium
Ellis Park Stadium
in Johannesburg
Johannesburg
was the main venue for the 1995 World Cup,[88] where the Springboks defeated the All Blacks
All Blacks
in the final. Other regular venues for tests include Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Newlands Stadium
Newlands Stadium
in Cape Town, Kings Park Stadium
Kings Park Stadium
in Durban, Free State Stadium
Free State Stadium
in Bloemfontein, and Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.[89] The Springboks played their first test match at Soccer City
Soccer City
on 21 August 2010, a Tri Nations match against New Zealand.[90] Other stadiums which have been used for test matches include Buffalo City Stadium in East London, the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace outside of Rustenburg, Mbombela Stadium
Mbombela Stadium
in Nelspruit
Nelspruit
and Puma Stadium in Witbank. The first South African international took place at Port Elizabeth's St George's Park Cricket
Cricket
Ground in 1891.[91] Ellis Park was built in 1928, and in 1955 hosted a record 100,000 people in a Test between South Africa
South Africa
and the British and Irish Lions.[88] The Springboks are said to have a notable advantage over touring sides when playing at high altitude on the Highveld.[92] Games at Ellis Park, Loftus Versfeld, or Vodacom Park are said to present physical problems,[93][94] and to influence a match in a number of other ways, such as the ball travelling further when kicked.[95] Experts disagree on whether touring team's traditionally poor performances at altitude are more due to a state of mind rather than an actual physical challenge.[94] Records[edit]

Men's World Rugby
World Rugby
Rankings

v t e

Top 30 rankings as of 26 March 2018[96]

Rank Change* Team Points

1

 New Zealand 093.99

2

 Ireland 089.11

3

 England 086.23

4

 Australia 085.49

5

 Scotland 083.83

6

 South Africa 083.81

7

 Wales 083.41

8

 France 079.10

9

 Argentina 078.22

10

 Fiji 077.93

11

 Japan 075.66

12

 Georgia 073.96

13

 Tonga 071.87

14

 Italy 071.10

15

 United States 069.23

16

 Samoa 069.03

17

 Romania 068.25

18

 Uruguay 065.37

19

 Russia 063.27

20

 Spain 063.09

21

 Canada 061.98

22

 Hong Kong 059.66

23

 Portugal 059.02

24

 Namibia 058.93

25

 Belgium 058.09

26

 Netherlands 056.52

27

 Brazil 055.91

28

 Chile 054.94

29

 Germany 054.42

30

 Kenya 054.24

*Change from the previous week

South Africa's historical rankings

Source: World Rugby
World Rugby
- Graph updated to 26 March 2018[96]

List of South Africa
South Africa
national rugby union team records Rugby Championship[edit] South Africa's only annual tournament is The Rugby Championship (formerly Tri-Nations), involving Australia and New Zealand since 1996, with Argentina joining the competition in 2012. South Africa
South Africa
has won the tournament three times; in 1998 and 2004 and 2009. South Africa also participates in the Mandela Challenge Plate with Australia, and the Freedom Cup with New Zealand as part of the Rugby Championship.

Tri Nations (1996–2011)

Nation Games Points Bonus points Table points Championships

played won drawn lost for against diff

 New Zealand 72 50 0 22 1936 1395 +541 32 232 10

 Australia 72 29 1 42 1531 1721 −190 34 152 3

 South Africa 72 28 1 43 1480 1831 −351 24 138 3

Rugby Championship (2012–present)

Nation Games Points Bonus points Table points Championships

played won drawn lost for against diff

 New Zealand 33 30 1 2 1136 540 +596 21 143 5

 Australia 33 15 3 15 748 841 −93 7 74 1

 South Africa 33 14 3 16 791 774 +17 14 76 0

 Argentina 33 3 1 29 576 1096 −520 9 23 0

Updated: 8 October 2017 Source: espnscrum.com World Cup[edit] South Africa
South Africa
did not participate in the 1987 and 1991 World Cups because of the sporting boycott that apartheid brought against them. South Africa's introduction to the event was as hosts. They defeated defending champions Australia 27–18 in the opening match, and went on to defeat the All Blacks
All Blacks
15–12 after extra time in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final, with a drop goal from 40 metres by Joel Stransky.[97] In 1999 South Africa
South Africa
suffered their first World Cup loss when they were defeated 21–27 by Australia in their semi-final; they went on to defeat the All Blacks
All Blacks
22–18 in the third-fourth play-off match.[98] The worst ever South African performance at a World Cup was in 2003 when they lost a pool game to England, and then were knocked out of the tournament by the All Blacks
All Blacks
in their quarter-final.[99] In 2007 the Springboks defeated Fiji in the quarter-finals and Argentina in the semi-finals. They then defeated England
England
in the final 15–6 to win the tournament for a second time. In 2011 the Springboks were defeated by Australia 9–11 in the quarter-finals after winning all four of their pool games. In 2015 World Cup South Africa
South Africa
suffered a 32–34 loss to Japan
Japan
in their first pool match on 19 September. BBC
BBC
reported the game as arguably the biggest upset in rugby union history.[100][101] Overall[edit] IRB World Ranking Leaders

Until the 1990s South Africa
South Africa
were considered one of the most successful rugby nations in Test match history, with a positive win-loss ratio against every Test playing nation including their traditional rivals, New Zealand. Since that time, the Springboks have lost their winning record against two teams: the New Zealand All Blacks, and at the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
the Springboks lost against Japan
Japan
in these two teams' first ever test. South Africa
South Africa
are currently ranked number 3 in the world rankings (as of 7 October 2017). When the ranking system was introduced in October 2003 South Africa
South Africa
were ranked sixth. Their ranking fluctuated until victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup briefly sent them to the top of the rankings. Since then, the top two rankings changed ultimately remaining with the All Blacks
All Blacks
since November 2009 when the Boks lost to France
France
on their end-of-year tour[102] and most recently moved to third position after defeating France
France
in the June Internationals 2017 and Argentina in their opening two rounds of the Rugby Championship 2017. Below is test matches played by South Africa
South Africa
up until 2 December 2017. Only fixtures recognised as test matches by the South African Rugby Union are listed.[103][104]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff

 Argentina 26 23 2 1 88.46% 935 510 +425

 Australia 85 46 36 3 54.12% 1657 1498 +159

  British and Irish Lions 46 23 17 6 50.00% 600 516 +84

 Canada 2 2 0 0 100.00% 71 18 +53

 England 38 23 13 2 60.53% 801 629 +172

 Fiji 3 3 0 0 100.00% 129 41 +88

 France 43 26 11 6 60.47% 910 636 +274

 Georgia 1 1 0 0 100.00% 46 19 +27

 Ireland 26 18 7 1 69.23% 506 380 +126

 Italy 14 13 1 0 92.86% 652 171 +481

 Japan 1 0 1 0 0% 32 34 −2

 Namibia 2 2 0 0 100.00% 192 13 +179

 New Zealand 95 35 57 3 36.84% 1482 1945 −463

  New Zealand Cavaliers ± 4 3 1 0 75.00% 96 62 +34

Pacific Islanders 1 1 0 0 100.00% 38 24 +14

 Romania 1 1 0 0 100.00% 21 8 +13

 Samoa 9 9 0 0 100.00% 431 99 +332

 Scotland 26 21 5 0 80.77% 686 286 +400

 South American Jaguars 8 7 1 0 87.50% 210 114 +96

 Spain 1 1 0 0 100.00% 47 3 +44

 Tonga 2 2 0 0 100.00% 104 35 +69

 United States 4 4 0 0 100.00% 209 42 +167

 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 100.00% 245 12 +233

 Wales 33 28 4 1 84.85% 872 510 +362

 World XV 3 3 0 0 100.00% 87 59 +28

Total 477 298 156 23 62.47% 11059 7664 +3395

± The Cavaliers was the name given to an unofficial (rebel) New Zealand team which toured South Africa
South Africa
in 1986. The New Zealand Rugby Union did not sanction the team and do not recognise the side as a New Zealand representative team. Players[edit] See also: List of South Africa
South Africa
national rugby union players Current squad[edit] On 29 October 2017, head coach Allister Coetzee named a 34-man squad for South Africa's 2017 end-of-year rugby union internationals.[105] Jean-Luc du Preez was included pending an MRI scan, but ruled out the next day after being diagnosed with a fractured ankle[106] and was subsequently replaced by Ruan Botha.[107] Coenie Oosthuizen sustained a knee injury in the opening match against Ireland
Ireland
and was replaced by loose-forward Duane Vermeulen.[108] Thomas du Toit was called up as front row cover after their match against Italy.[109]

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province

Marx, MalcolmMalcolm Marx Hooker (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 23) 14 Golden Lions

Mbonambi, BongiBongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 27) 14 Western Province

Ralepelle, ChiliboyChiliboy Ralepelle Hooker (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 31) 23 Sharks

du Toit, ThomasThomas du Toit Prop (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 22) 0 Sharks

Dreyer, RuanRuan Dreyer Prop (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 27) 4 Golden Lions

Kitshoff, StevenSteven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 26) 23 Western Province

Louw, WilcoWilco Louw Prop (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 23) 5 Western Province

Mtawarira, TendaiTendai Mtawarira Prop (1985-08-01) 1 August 1985 (age 32) 98 Sharks

Nyakane, TrevorTrevor Nyakane Prop (1989-05-04) 4 May 1989 (age 28) 37 Blue Bulls

Oosthuizen, CoenieCoenie Oosthuizen Prop (1989-03-22) 22 March 1989 (age 29) 30 Sharks

Botha, RuanRuan Botha Lock (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 26) 0 Sharks

de Jager, LoodLood de Jager Lock (1992-12-17) 17 December 1992 (age 25) 36 Blue Bulls

du Toit, Pieter-StephPieter-Steph du Toit Lock (1992-08-20) 20 August 1992 (age 25) 32 Western Province

Etzebeth, Eben Eben Etzebeth
Eben Etzebeth
(c) Lock (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 26) 67 Western Province

Mostert, FrancoFranco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27) 27 November 1990 (age 27) 18 Lions / Ricoh Black Rams

Kolisi, SiyaSiya Kolisi Flanker (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 26) 28 Western Province

Louw, FrancoisFrancois Louw Flanker (1985-06-15) 15 June 1985 (age 32) 57 Bath

Mohojé, OupaOupa Mohojé Flanker (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 27) 18 Free State Cheetahs

Cassiem, UzairUzair Cassiem Number 8 (1990-03-17) 17 March 1990 (age 28) 8 Free State Cheetahs

du Preez, DanDan du Preez Number 8 (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 22) 3 Sharks

Vermeulen, DuaneDuane Vermeulen Number 8 (1986-07-03) 3 July 1986 (age 31) 39 Toulon

Cronjé, RossRoss Cronjé Scrum-half (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 28) 10 Golden Lions

Paige, RudyRudy Paige Scrum-half (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 28) 13 Blue Bulls

Schreuder, LouisLouis Schreuder Scrum-half (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 27) 1 Sharks

Bosch, CurwinCurwin Bosch Fly-half (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 20) 1 Sharks

Jantjies, EltonElton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01) 1 August 1990 (age 27) 23 Lions / NTT Communications Shining Arcs

Pollard, HandréHandré Pollard Fly-half (1994-03-11) 11 March 1994 (age 24) 26 Blue Bulls

Am, LukhanyoLukhanyo Am Centre (1993-11-28) 28 November 1993 (age 24) 1 Sharks

de Allende, DamianDamian de Allende Centre (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 26) 28 Western Province

Kriel, JesseJesse Kriel Centre (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 24) 29 Blue Bulls

Venter, FrancoisFrancois Venter Centre (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 26) 7 Free State Cheetahs

Leyds, DillynDillyn Leyds Wing (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 25) 9 Western Province

Rhule, RaymondRaymond Rhule Wing (1992-11-06) 6 November 1992 (age 25) 7 Free State Cheetahs

Skosan, CourtnallCourtnall Skosan Wing (1991-07-24) 24 July 1991 (age 26) 12 Golden Lions

Coetzee, AndriesAndries Coetzee Fullback (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 28) 13 Golden Lions

Gelant, WarrickWarrick Gelant Fullback (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 22) 2 Blue Bulls

Appearances correct as of 2 December 2017.

Individual records[edit]

Percy Montgomery
Percy Montgomery
holds the South African record for test points.

South Africa's most capped player is Victor Matfield
Victor Matfield
with 127 caps.[110] The most-capped back is Bryan Habana. Montgomery also holds the South African record for Test points with 893, which at the time of his international retirement placed him sixth on the all-time list of Test point scorers (he now stands ninth).[111] John Smit
John Smit
was the world's most-capped captain, having captained South Africa in 82 of his 111 Tests, but has since been overtaken.[112][113] Smit also played a record 46 consecutive matches for South Africa. The record try scorer is Bryan Habana
Bryan Habana
with 67 tries. (as at 14 February 2018)[114] Hall of Fame players[edit] Eleven former South African international players have been inducted into either the International Rugby Hall of Fame or the IRB Hall of Fame. 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.

Barry "Fairy" Heatlie played 6 Tests between 1896 and 1903. Bennie Osler played 17 consecutive Tests between 1924 and 1933. Danie Craven
Danie Craven
played 16 Tests between 1931 and 1938. Hennie Muller played 13 Tests between 1949 and 1953. Frik du Preez played 38 Tests between 1961 and 1971. Morne du Plessis
Morne du Plessis
played 22 Tests between 1971 and 1980. Naas Botha
Naas Botha
played 28 Tests between 1980 and 1992. Danie Gerber played 24 Tests between 1980 and 1992. Francois Pienaar played 29 Tests between 1993 and 1996. Joost van der Westhuizen
Joost van der Westhuizen
played 89 Tests between 1993 and 2003. John Smit
John Smit
played 111 Tests between 2000 and 2011. He ended his international career as the most-capped Springbok in history.

Coaches[edit] Current coaching staff[edit] The current coaching staff of the South African national team was revealed on 12 April 2016:[115][116]

Coaches

Rassie Erasmus Head coach

Franco Smith Assistant coach (backline)

Johann van Graan Assistant coach (forwards)

Matt Proudfoot Assistant coach (forwards)

Brendan Venter Defence Coach

Ian Schwartz Team manager

Dr Conrad von Hagen Team doctor

Dr Warren Adams Strength and Conditioning coach

Tanu Pillay Physiotherapist

Vivian Verwant Physiotherapist

JJ Fredericks Logistics manager

Rayaan Adriaanse Media manager

Annelee Murray PR manager

Former coaches[edit] The role and definition of the South Africa
South Africa
coach has varied significantly over the team's history. Hence a comprehensive list of coaches, or head selectors, is impossible. The following table is a list of coaches since the 1949 All Blacks
All Blacks
tour to South Africa. Both World Cup-winning coaches, Christie and White, were inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2011 alongside all other World Cup-winning head coaches through the 2007 edition.[117]

Name Tenure Win %[118]

Danie Craven 1949–56[119] 74%

Basil Kenyon 1958[120] 0%

Hennie Muller 1960–61, 1963, 1965[121] 44%

Boy Louw 1960–61, 1965[122] 67%

Izak van Heerden 1962[123] 75%

Felix du Plessis 1964[124] 100%

Ian Kirkpatrick 1967, 1974[125] 60%

Avril Malan 1969–70[126] 50%

Johan Claassen 1964, 1970–74[127] 50%

Nelie Smith 1980–81[128] 80%

Cecil Moss 1982–89[129] 83%

John Williams 1992[130] 20%

Name Tenure Win %[118]

Ian McIntosh 1993–94[131] 33%

Kitch Christie 1994–96[132] 100%

Andre Markgraaff 1996[133] 61%

Carel du Plessis 1997[134] 37%

Nick Mallett 1997–2000[135] 71%

Harry Viljoen 2000–02[136] 53%

Rudolf Straeuli 2002–03[137] 52%

Jake White 2004–07[138] 67%

Peter de Villiers 2008–11[139] 62%

Heyneke Meyer 2012–15[140] 67%

Allister Coetzee 2016–18[141] 47%

Tours[edit] Traditionally, most of the test matches (and all until 1987)[citation needed] against other countries happened during tours. The first team to visit South Africa, was the British Lions in 1891. The first Springbok overseas tour was arranged in 1906–07 to Europe.

v t e

South Africa
South Africa
national rugby union team

South African Rugby Union

History

History South African Rugby Board Rugby union
Rugby union
and apartheid Invictus Records Kamp Staaldraad

Players

All Players Captains Under-20 players Sevens players Tries by Bryan Habana

Competitions and trophies

Rugby World Cup The Rugby Championship Freedom Cup Mandela Challenge Plate Prince William Cup Africa Cup

Related teams

Sevens South Africa
South Africa
A Universities Amateur President's XV U20s U18s

Matches

World Cup finals

1995 2007

By opponent

Argentina Australia Barbarians British and Irish Lions England France Ireland Italy Japan New Zealand Samoa Scotland Wales

See also

New Zealand (1992)

Tours

Argentina and South America

1932 1959 1966 1972 1980 1993 1996 2000 2005

Australia

1921 1937 1956 1965 1971 1993

Europe

1906–07 1912–13 1931–32 1951–52 1960–61 1965 1969–70 1994 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

New Zealand

1921 1937 1956 1965 1981 1994

North America

1981 2001

v t e

Rugby union
Rugby union
tours of South Africa

British and Irish Lions

1891 1896 1903 1910 1924 1938 1955 1962 1968 1974 1980 1997 2009 2021

New Zealand 

1928 1949 1960 1970 1976 1992 1996

Australia 

1933 1953 1961 1963 1969 1992

Argentina 

1965 (no test) 1971 (no test) 1994 2002 2003

England 

1972 1984 1994 1998 2000 2007 2012 2018

France 

1958 1964 1967 1971 1975 1980 1993 2001 2005 2006 2017

Ireland 

1961 1981 1998 2004 2016

Italy 

1973 (no test) 1999 2001 2008

Scotland 

1999 (no test) 2003 2006

Wales 

1964 1995 1998 2002 2004 2008 2014

Fiji 

1996

Samoa 

2003 (no test) 2007

Tonga 

1997

Various selections

1978 (American Cougars) 1980 (S.A.Jaguars) 1982 (S.A.Jaguars) 1985 (Cavaliers) 1987 (South Sea Barbarians) 1989 (World XV)

See also[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to South Africa
South Africa
national rugby union team.

South Africa
South Africa
portal Rugby union
Rugby union
portal

List of Springboks Rugby union
Rugby union
in South Africa South Africa
South Africa
national sevens team South African rugby union captains

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