André Vos

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André Neal Vos (born 9 January 1975) is a former South African rugby union player who played as back row for Eastern Province (South Africa), Queensland Reds (Australia),[1] The Cats (South Africa), The Lions (South Africa) and Harlequins (England) until his retirement in 2007. He also captained the Springboks.

Vos attended Selborne College in East London, South Africa and the University of Port Elizabeth.

He made his first provincial debut for Eastern Province in 1995.

In 1998 he wore the Queensland Reds' jersey in the Super 12[1] earning 11 full caps for the Australian franchise.[1]

He returned to South African shores to play for The Cats in the Super 12 and for The Lions in the South African Currie Cup.

He made his international debut against Italy in Port Elizabeth on 12 June 1999 as a replacement. The final score was 74 -3, a win for the Springboks. He was in the starting 15 for the next match in Durban. He was in and out of the starting 15 for the next eight test matches, starting in only 3.

After the IRB Rugby World Cup in 1999 he took over the captaincy of South Africa from Joost van der Westhuizen.[2]

He went on to earn 33 test caps for South Africa, 16 as captain.[2] He scored 5 tries for South Africa. His international career was: played 33, won 18, drew 1, lost 14.

Vos retired from international rugby in 2002, saying, "Physically I am no longer up to Springbok rugby."[2]

He captained the Harlequins for three years until he resigned at the end of the 2005/6 season, when Paul Volley took over.

He was able to obtain a free transfer to England, as his English-born wife Caroline holds a British passport.[3]

He made his domestic debut for Eastern Province earning 35 caps. He has also represented South Africa in U21 and U23 level.


  1. ^ a b c "Queensland Rugby Union - 1998 Annual Report" (PDF). Queensland Rugby Union. December 1998. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Vos quits Springboks". South Wales Echo. Cardiff. February 25, 2002. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Chris Jones (May 13, 2002). "Vos gives up on Cup and joins Quins". London Evening Standard. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 

External links

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  • André Vos at ESPNscrum
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joost van der Westhuizen
Springbok Captain
1999 - 2001
Succeeded by
Bobby Skinstad
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