The tallest center turns out to be Sonny Bill Williams. (Note that his listed weight is from his days as a lock and he has been said to have lost a few kilos to make the transition to loose forward). Rugby in the Northern hemisphere is/was a posh boys sport. In terms of Hookers, Malcolm Marx is the heaviest SA hooker by far at 8kg above Mbonambi and 14kg above Brits. Both these players are physical players and have played at 12 at test levels and their builds testify thereto. The players themselves are also regularly spaced incrementally in both height and weight. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Height: 184cm. Jessie Kriel, men's health cover model and physical specimen that he is, is actually perfectly physically average for a test center (and self conscious men the world over just either breathed a sigh of relief or exclaimed that that is by no means average). Sbu Nkosi is slightly heavier and Makazole Mapimpi is slightly taller with Willie le Roux nicely in the middle and Warrick Gelant is a bit short but of average weight. Pieter-Steph du Toit is tied for the tallest lock and is 3rd heaviest by virtue of him having been a lock forward at professional level for years. Well. Billy Vunipola comes in a full 10kg heavier than PSDT as the heaviest loose forward at the tournament by far. I reckon you’d get some love posting these on r/dataisbeautiful. The average South African back is the shortest in the tournament coming in at a good 3cm below average and is slightly (about 1kg) below the average weight. Born in Somerset West in Cape Town, South Africa, Steven Kitshoff made his senior debut in 2011 for Western Province. This has led to the much repeated myth that South African players, especially the forwards, are big... ...whether or not the Springboks are really a big and heavy team.
© 2020 SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY | PICTURES © GALLO IMAGES, Home-schooling part of Blitzboks curriculum, Fans invited to determine rugby’s greatest of the decade, Video: Davids and Pretorius on making the Dream Team, Blitzboks duo named in World Series Dream Team. Oh well too bad. Steven Kitshoff key stats. I don't know about 171cm, but he sure as fuck is not 6 foot 10. As such, the rest of the world caught up to SA and the the famed size and physicality of the Springboks remains, largely, as part of rugby legacy even if the size aspect is no longer necessarily true. The loosehead prop made his debut for the Springboks in 2016. Looking at the props, South African props are average in weight and on the smaller side height wise. The players themselves are also regularly spaced incrementally in both height and weight. South African rugby supporters can nail their colours to the mast by voting for the best Springbok and Blitzbok players, and a few superb tries scored by the Boks in the last decade, after World Rugby announced on Thursday that fans around the world will have a say in the World Rugby Awards Special Edition by selecting the best players and tries of the decade (2010-19). In reality, we had the best squad of 23, and the forwards were smart about which rucks to contest and which to let go, which meant they didn't gas out after the first half. The average South African forward is about 1kg heavier than the average forward at the World Cup and about 1cm taller. Super Rugby debut: Stormers v Emirates Lions, Newlands, 2011. SH Champs 2019. Some players' listed heights and weights may have changed since then (for example, Kwagga Smith is now listed as 80kg, which corresponds with his official weight when SA played NZ in Wellington this year), The images may display better on desktop browsers than on mobile. Jake White has given his verdict on whether or not the South African Rugby Union should have sent a Springboks side to the Rugby Championship this year. He captained the Stormers during the 2019 Super Rugby season against the Rebels, when Siya Kolisi flew home for the final part of the Australasian leg. Mbonambi is short for a hooker and Brits a lightweight, tied for 3rd lightest. RG Snyman is the second tallest lock in the tournament by far but is average weight wise and Franco Mostert is both short and light for a test lock and offsets the net gain from De Jager and Etzebeth by some.
The size advantage in rugby did not go unnoticed - forward dominance does provide your backs with quick, clean ball. Weight: 125kg. Combine that with Dutch genetics - amongst the tallest people in the world - and you've got some biiiig bliksems. The Springbok Sevens team, nicknamed the Blitzboks, have been one of the South African rugby success stories in the last 20 years. He captained the Stormers during the 2019 Super Rugby season against the Rebels, when Siya Kolisi flew home for the final part of the Australasian leg.
These ten teams make up the Rugby Championship and Six Nations competitions, rugby's two premier annual test competitions. Cobus Reinach is pretty average in height and weight (but hopefully not in his play). The ten teams considered (by hemisphere but in no particular further order) are. When I was collecting the data, that was the height and weight that I got on like four different times. Cheslin Kolbe however is mini sized and comfortably the shortest (though somehow not the lightest). Tendai Mtawarira (born 1 August 1985) is a Zimbabwean-born South African professional rugby union player who plays for Old Glory DC in Major League Rugby and previously for the South Africa national team and the Sharks in Super Rugby.He was born in Zimbabwe and qualified for South Africa on residency grounds, before later acquiring South African citizenship. That being said, even though Marx is tied for 3rd heaviest and is 3rd tallest, the heaviest hooker, Mauvaka, outstrips him by far. Cool analysis but maybe you were looking at Aaron Smith the NFL player. SA Rugby on the 2021 rugby calendar and beyond. Hardly big and heavy.
Elton Jantjies is on the short side and of average weight while Handre Pollard shares the honours of heaviest flyhalf with Owen Farrell. I think that much of the size legacy comes from a time when the Springboks were considerably larger specimens than their opposition. Springbok Sevens players Selvyn Davids and JC Pretorius were honoured for their superb performances during the shortened sevens season with the ultimate accolade after being named in the 2020 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Dream Team. Winger Tom Wright had to bide his time for a Test debut under new Wallabies coach Dave Rennie but needed only two minutes to make an impression against the All Blacks. News. With 6ft 8” height and 313lbs/142kg mass he is the one of the strongest rugby players which are currently in action. The classification of players into positional category is done according to this link.
For each player, the height and weight is determined by a Google search. My supposition (and quite possibly wholly inaccurate) is that: Historically, the boertjies picked from the Free State and further north would be monstrous big. There are teams that hurt you up front in the opening 20 minutes to set the tone, but the Springboks keep coming at your for the full 80. Herschel Jantjies is a pocket rocket among pocket rockets. Frans Steyn is tied as second heaviest center this year as he is undoubtedly carrying some extra weight as an older player who has been playing in slower games up north for a while. The Springbok Sevens team, nicknamed the Blitzboks, have been one of the South African rugby success stories in the last 20 years. He also featured in the Western Province team that won the 2012 Currie Cup. My understanding is that the physicality remains true to this day - we still always try to dominate in the tackle, and play a hard, physical, confrontational game. Similarly in the pre-professional era, you'd have NZ/Aus players descended from the likes of England/Ireland/Scotland/Wales whereas the South Africans were predominantly of Dutch descent (and, of course, there was that nasty thing called apartheid which ensured that the players would all be white and almost exclusively Afrikaans). All results are accurate as of 26 August 2019. Attention to detail is a critical element found in the DNA of most, if not all successful sports team around the globe, so it’s hardly surprising to hear Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell talk about it.
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