Balie Swart

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Izak Stephanus de Villiers Swart (born Malmesbury, 18 May 1964), known as Balie Swart, is a former South African rugby union footballer. He played as a prop (1.85 m, 112 kg), with the ability to prop on either side of the hooker.

He played for Transvaal, now Golden Lions, until 1999. He had 16 caps for South Africa, from 1993 to 1996, never scoring. He was a member of the winning team at the 1995 World Cup finals, where he played in four games, including the 15-12 win at the final with the All Blacks. Together with Os du Randt and Chris Rossouw, the Springboks managed to place pressure on the great All Black frontrow of Dowd, Fitzpatrick and Brown. He played also at the first edition of the Tri Nations, in 1996.

After ending his player career, in 1999, he became a coach. He was assistant coach to Ebbw Vale, in Wales, and of Sale Sharks, in England. He's currently in charge of the formation centre of Sale Sharks.

External links

  • Balie Swart International Statistics

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