Carel du Plessis

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Carel du Plessis
Birth name Carel Johan du Plessis
Date of birth (1960-06-24) 24 June 1960 (age 58)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
South Africa Western Province ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1982–1989 South Africa South Africa 12 (16) [4t]
Teams coached
Years Team
1997 South Africa South Africa

Carel Johan du Plessis (born 24 June 1960)[1] is a former South African rugby union coach and player.

Playing career

Du Plessis played for Western Province and the Springboks, his skills earning him the nickname the Prince of Wings. Capped 12 times, he scored 4 tries for the Springboks, but his international career was curtailed by the sports boycott against apartheid South Africa.

Coaching career

Du Plessis was controversially appointed coach of the Springboks in spite of his lack of coaching experience. He led the team to defeat in both the British and Irish Lions' 1997 tour and the 1997 Tri-Nations, before being sacked and replaced by Nick Mallett.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
South AfricaAndre Markgraaff
South Africa National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
South AfricaNick Mallett
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