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Heinrich Brussouw

Nationality: South African
Prop
Heinrich Brüssow: Ball fetcher
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 1 0
   

A product of Grey College in Bloemfontein, the flanker is another in-form player to have made the cut, belatedly at least.Full Profile

Deon Carstens

Nationality: South African
Prop
Deon Carstens
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 7 0
   

Deon Carstens is one of four Sharks front rowers in the Springboks squad. Full Profile

Tendai Mtawarira

Nationality: South African
Prop
Tendai Mtawarira
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 10 5
   

"The Beast" has become a crowd favourite in South Africa in both the black and white of the Sharks and the green and gold. Full Profile

Danie Rossouw

Nationality: South African
Lock
Danie Rossouw
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 36 35
   

Rossouw has a big physical presence and almost always makes an impact when the game is tight and dominated by forwards. Full Profile

Juan Smith

Nationality: South African
Flanker
Juan Smith
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 54 50
   

The hard working Cheetahs flanker had a massive impact on South Africa's World Cup win. Full Profile

Pierre Spies

Nationality: South African
No 8
Pierre Spies
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 19 20
   

Spies has been a revelation since switching back to number eight from the wing at his Bulls franchise. Full Profile

Ryan Kankowski

Nationality: South African
No 8
Ryan Kankowski
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 7 5
   

As arguably South Africa's stand-out player during the Super 14 in 2007, Kankowski has stepped up even from that level.Full Profile

Schalk Burger

Nationality: South African
No 8
Schalk Burger
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 49 50
   

Are there any more superlatives left to describe the Incredible Schalk? Full Profile

Victor Matfield

Nationality: South African
Lock
Victor Matfield
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 80 25
   

As man of the match in the 2007 World Cup final, Matfield underlined his status as the best lock on the planet. Full Profile

Bakkies Botha

Nationality: South African
Lock
Bakkies Botha
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 55 35
   

Botha is the hard man in the Springbok pack, the archetypal enforcer. Full Profile

Andries Bekker

Nationality: South African
Lock
Andries Bekker
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 13 5
   

Bekker followed in the footsteps of dad Hennie by becoming a Springbok in 2008. Full Profile

Gurthro Steenkamp

Nationality: South African
Prop
Gurthro Steenkamp
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 20 5
   

When Steenkamp delivered the greatest performance of his career, against the Wallabies at Ellis Park in 2005, the Bok number one jersey seemed to have found a new owner.Full Profile

Jannie du Plessis

Nationality: South African
Prop
Jannie du Plessis
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 7 0
   

Doctor Jannie du Plessis, brother of Bismarck, was performing a Caesarean section when BJ Botha tore knee ligaments against the USA and was ruled out of the 2007 World Cup.Full Profile

Bismarck du Plessis

Nationality: South African
Hooker
Bismarck du Plessis
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 21 25
   

Having spent the most part of his career playing second fiddle to John Smit, Du Plessis made a big impression in 2008. Full Profile

John Smit

Nationality: South African
Hooker
John Smit
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 81 20
   

The few who doubted Smit's leadership abilities were left silent after he led South Africa to World Cup glory in 2007. After being appointed coach, the first moves Peter de Villiers made was to assess Smit's availability as Bok skipper.Full Profile

Brian Mujati

Nationality: South African
Prop
Brian Mujati
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 12 0
   

Mujati has delivered solid performances in his first season of Test rugby, and at just 25, he has a big future ahead of him. Full Profile

Ricky Januarie

Nationality: South African
Scrum Half
Live wire: Ricky Januarie
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 34 25
   

The terrier like scrum-half embodies the notion that dynamite comes in small packages. Full Profile

Morne Steyn

Nationality: South African
Fly Half
Kicking machine: Morne Steyn
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 0 0
   

The Cape Town-born No.10 has been head and shoulders above his rival South African pivots in the Super 14 this season.Full Profile

Fourie du Preez

Nationality: South African
Scrum Half
Fourie du Preez
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 43 50
   

Born, bred, schooled and capped in Pretoria, Fourie du Preez is Bulls through and through.Full Profile

Ruan Pienaar

Nationality: South African
Scrum Half
Ruan Pienaar
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 27 62
   

Arguably the most complete half-back in world rugby with his canny knack of sliding between numbers nine and ten complimenting a hefty repertoire of footballing skills. Full Profile

Francois Steyn

Nationality: South African
Fly Half
Francois Steyn
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 27 65
   

What can you say about the boy who is not yet a man? A product of Grey College and the Sharks Academy, Steyn made his Springbok debut at the tender age of 19 when former coach Jake White included him for European duty.Full Profile

Jean De Villiers

Nationality: South African
Centre
Jean de Villiers
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 46 85
   

The Stormers captain has long dominated the inside centre berth of South African rugby and is widely considered to be the number one number twelve in world rugby.Full Profile

JP Pietersen

Nationality: South African
Winger
JP Pietersen
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 24 50
   

This beautifully balanced runner enjoyed an impressive World Cup-winning couple of months alongside eventual tournament top try-scorer Bryan Habana, standing out with two Pool scores against eventual finalists England. Full Profile

Adrian Jacobs

Nationality: South African
Centre
Adi Jacobs
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 21 35
   

Born in Cape Town in 1980, this quick-witted centre has made the number thirteen jersey his own for both Sharks and South Africa over the past few seasons.Full Profile

Jaque Fourie

Nationality: South African
Centre
Jaque Fourie
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 42 120
   

An international debutant at the tender age of 20 tells its own story about this accomplished outside centre.Full Profile

Bryan Habana

Nationality: South African
Winger
Bryan Habana
International Record
Team Apps Points
South Africa 46 160
   

Anyone who backs himself to outpace a Cheetah must possess serious raw speed!Full Profile