Players who could have been Boks

Today in the Professional Rugby Area South Africa, Australia and New Zealand has a lot of players playing their International rugby for adopted countries. The three-year-wait-and-get-selected rule applies here. Or if a player rather play for his ancesteral country. If your parents or grandparents come from another country you qualify to play for them. Let’s say for example a player was born in New Zealand but his parents are from Samoa, Tonga or Fiji he can play for them. But let’s go back for the BOKKE.

A lot of youngbplayers are choosing to play overseas to get some money because as we know the Rand is not so strong. After three year they can play for other countries. There many examples. Especially from Pacific Nations and Southern Hemishere teams.

Here is a list of the names of South African Players Qualifing to play for other Countries or already did. They are all recent.

  1. Joss Strauss (Scotland)
  2. WP Nel (Scotland)
  3. Tyronne Holmes (Scotland)
  4. Allan Dell (Scotland)
  5. Greigh Tonks (Scotland)
  6. Andries Pretorius (Wales)
  7. Brad Barritt (England)
  8. Nick de Jager (England)
  9. Petrus du Plessis (England)
  10. Stuart Abbott (England)
  11. Matt Stevens (England)
  12. Hendre Fourie (England)
  13. Nick Abendanon (England)
  14. Mouritz Botha (England)
  15. Dan Vickerman (Australia)
  16. James O’Connor (Australia)
  17. Tiaan Strauss (Australia)
  18. Clyde Rathbone (Australia)
  19. Braam Steyn (Italy)
  20. Dries van Schalkwyk (Italy)
  21. Quintin Geldenhuys (Italy)
  22. Roland de Marigny (Italy)
  23. Tobie Botes (Italy)
  24. Jaco Erasmus (Italy)
  25. Greg Rawlinson (NZ)
  26. Wes Goosen (NZ)
  27. Andrew Merthens (NZ)
  28. Pieter de Villiers (France)
  29. Rory Kockott (France)
  30. Scott Spedding (France)
  31. Bernard le Roux (France)
  32. Dan Kotze (France)
  33. Franscious vd Merwe (France)
  34. JP Eloff (USA)
  35. Paul Eloff (USA)
  36. Hanco Germishuys (USA)
  37. Niku Kruger (USA)
  38. Chad Erskine (USA)
  39. Jj Gagiano (USA)
  40. Owen Lentz (USA)
  41. Dario Chistolini (Italy)
  42. Carlo del Vava (Italy)
  43. Corniel van Zyl (Italy)
  44. Johannes van Heerden (Romania)
  45. Kotaro Matsushima (Japan)
  46. Paul Bosch (Germany)
  47. Hendrik van der Merwe (Germany)
  48. Justin Melck (Germany)
  49. DHT vd Merwe (Canada)
  50. Nick Trenkel (Canada)
  51. CJ Stander (Ireland)
  52. Rob Herring (Ireland)
  53. Robbie Diack (Ireland)
  54. Quinn Roux (Ireland)
  55. Danie Poolman (Ireland)
  56. Guy Cronje (Zimbabwe)
  57. Lambert Groenewald (Zimbabwe)
  58. Jonathan Bester (UAE)
  59. Renier Els (UAE)
  60. Henjo van Niekerk (Hong Kong)
  61. Stefen Van Zyl (Botswana)
  62. Eddie Ernst (Botswana)
  63. Shaun Landsberg (Botswana)
  64. Albert Viviers (Botswana)
  65. Harry Botha (Botswana)
  66. Rikus van Niekerk (Sweden)

Namibia has a lot of South Africans but what we have to remember is that until 1990 Namibia was a province called South West of South Africa.

As we know Zimbabwe is our Neighboor and they had some players who could have played for South Africa!

  • Kyle Godwin (Australia)
  • David Pocock (Australia)
  • Ian Prior (Australia)
  • Dave Ewers (England)
  • Nils Mordt (England sevens)
  • Takuduzwa Ngwenya USA)
  • David Denton (Scotland)
  • Don Armand (England)
  • Mike Williams (England)
  • Scott Gray

Players who played for South Africa but were born in other countries

  • Brian Mujati (Zimbabwe)
  • Beast Mtawaira (Zimbabwe)
  • Christo Bezuidenhout (Canary Islands)
  • Adrian Garvey (Zimbabwe)
  • Tonderai Chavanga (Zimbabwe)
  • Bobby Skinstad (Zimbabwe)
  • Gary Teichman (Zimbabwe)
  • Corne Krige (Zambia)

Simon Shaw was England Rugby Union player. He could have played for Kenya where he born. Another notable Kenya Rugby player is NFL Indianapolis Colt Football player Daniel Adongo.

So you can there many who play for other countries. Then there are hundreds of Saffas playing club rugby all over the world. In places like China, USA and Germany Saffas are playing the game and our name high. Let’s hope that not all talent goes missing.


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