Giant Mtyanda

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Giant Mtyanda
Full name Lubabalo Mtyanda
Date of birth (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 139 kg (306 lb; 21 st 12 lb)
School Cowan High School
University University of Johannesburg
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Southern Kings / Eastern Province Elephants
Youth Career
2005–2006 Mighty Elephants
2006–2007 Golden Lions
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 UJ 1 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006 Mighty Elephants 13 (0)
2007 Golden Lions 4 (0)
2010–2013 SWD Eagles 70 (40)
2013–2015 Pumas 47 (20)
2015–2016 Sharks 13 (0)
2017–present Eastern Province Elephants 8 (0)
2017–present Southern Kings 15 (5)
Correct as of 27 October 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 South Africa President's XV 3 (0)
Correct as of 22 April 2018

Lubabalo 'Giant' Mtyanda (born 19 March 1986) is a South African rugby union player for the Southern Kings in the Pro14 and the Eastern Province Elephants in the Currie Cup and in the Rugby Challenge.[1][2] His regular position is lock.


Mtyanda started his career coming through the youth ranks at the Mighty Elephants (now Eastern Province Kings) and made his debut for them in the 2006 Vodacom Cup competition against Western Province.[3]

He joined the Golden Lions later in the same year, where he represented their Under–21 team. He made four appearances for them in the 2007 Vodacom Cup and also represented UJ in the 2008 Varsity Cup, but failed to break into the first team.

He joined the SWD Eagles at the start of 2009, where he quickly established himself as a regular, making over 50 appearances for the George-based union.

In 2013, he joined the Pumas prior to the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season.[4] He was also included in a South Africa President's XV team that played in the 2013 IRB Tbilisi Cup[5] and won the tournament after winning all three matches.[6]

He is currently playing for the Southern Kings in the 2017 Super Rugby season.


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Giant Mtyanda". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "It's Rugby Player Profile Giant Mtyanda". It's Rugby. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Mighty Elephants 26-17 Vodacom Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 10 February 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ Gerber, Jeremy (14 May 2013). "Kabamba kaptein". Die Son (in Afrikaans). Media24. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  5. ^ "SA President's XV selected for IRB Tblisi Cup". South African Rugby Union. 17 May 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ "SA President's XV win Tbilisi Cup". IRB. 16 June 2013. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
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