List of South Africa national rugby union team captains

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Every player to captain the South Africa national rugby union team (Springboks) in a test match is listed here. Captains are listed in chronological order of their first match as captain[1] .

Male

So far there has been 61 captains of the men's Springbok team, with H.H. Castens captaining South Africa on 30 July 1891 in their first ever test against the touring British Isles team at Crusaders Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth. John Smit was the last Springbok World Cup winning captain and also holds the record as the most capped captain in international rugby history.

Player Initials Date of first test Date of first test as captain Tests played Tests played as captain
1 Herbert Castens HH 30 July 1891 30 July 1891 1 1
2 Bob Snedden RCD 29 August 1891 29 August 1891 1 1
3 Alf Richards AR 30 July 1891 5 September 1891 1 1
4 Ferdie Aston F 30 July 1896 30 July 1896 4 3
5 Fairy Heatlie BH 9 August 1896 5 September 1896 6 2
6 Alex Frew A 29 August 1903 29 August 1903 1 1
7 Jackie Powell JM 19 August 1891 05 September 1903 4 1
8 Paddy Carolin HW 12 September 1903 17 November 1906 3 1
9 Paul Roos PJ 12 September 1903 24 November 1906 4 3
10 Dougie Morkel DFT 24 November 1906 06 August 1910 9 2
11 Billy Millar WA 08 December 1906 27 August 1910 6 5
12 Theo Pienaar[Note 1] TB 1921
13 Uncle Dobbin FJ 29 Augstus 1904 23 November 1913 9 1
14 Boy Morkel WH 03 September 1910 13 August 1921 9 3
15 PK Albertyn PK 16 August 1924 16 Augstus 1924 4 4
16 Phil Mostert PJ 13 August 1921 30 June 1928 14 4
17 Bennie Osler BL 16 August 1924 05 December 1931 17 5
18 Phil Nel PJ 30 June 1928 08 July 1933 16 8
19 Danie Craven DH 05 December 1931 14 August 1937 16 4
20 Felix du Plessis F 16 July 1949 16 July 1949 3 3
21 Basil Kenyon BJ 17 September 1949 17 September 1949 1 1
22 Hennie Muller HSV 16 July 1949 24 November 1951 13 9
23 Stephen Fry SP 04 November 1951 06 August 1955 13 4
24 Basie Vivier SS 26 May 1956 26 May 1956 5 5
25 Salty du Rand JA 13 August 1949 14 July 1956 21 1
26 Johan Claasen JT 06 August 1955 26 July 1958 28 9
27 Des van Jaarsveldt DC 30 April 1960 30 April 1960 1 1
28 Roy Dryburgh RG 20 August 1955 25 June 1960 8 2
29 Avril Malan AS 25 June 1960 13 August 1960 16 10
30 Abie Malan GF 16 August 1958 13 July 1963 18 4
31 Nelie Smith CM 24 August 1963 25 July 1964 7 4
32 Dawie de Villiers DJ 21 July 1962 31 July 1965 25 22
33 Tommy Bedford TP 13 July 1963 16 August 1969 25 3
34 Hannes Marais JFK 24 August 1963 12 June 1971 35 11
35 Piet Greyling PJF 15 July 1967 30 June 1972 25 1
36 Morné du Plessis[Note 2] M 17 July 1971 21 June 1975 22 15
37 Theuns Stofberg MTS 14 August 1976 18 October 1980 21 4
38 Wynand Claassen W 30 May 1981 30 May 1981 7 7
39 Divan Serfontein DJ 31 May 1980 20 October 1984 19 2
40 Naas Botha HE 26 April 1980 10 May 1986 23 9
41 Jannie Breedt JC 10 May 1986 26 August 1989 6 2
42 Francois Pienaar JF 26 June 1993 26 June 1993 29 29
43 Tiaan Strauss CP 17 October 1992 09 July 1994 15 1
44 Adriaan Richter AH 17 October 1992 30 May 1995 10 1
45 Gary Teichmann GH 02 September 1995 17 August 1996 42 36
46 Corné Krige CP 19 June 1999 19 June 1999 39 18
47 Rassie Erasmus J 05 July 1997 17 July 1999 36 1
48 Joost van der Westhuizen JH 06 November 1993 07 August 1999 89 10
49 André Vos AN 12 June 1999 10 October 1999 33 16
50 Bob Skinstad RB 29 November 1997 30 June 2001 42 12
51 John Smit JF 10 June 2000 24 October 2003 111 83
52 Victor Matfield[Note 3] V 30 June 2001 23 June 2007 25 21
53 Johann Muller J 10 June 2006 14 July 2007 22 1
54 Jean de Villiers J 09 November 2002 09 June 2012 109 37
55 Schalk Burger SWP 24 October 2003 25 July 2015 86 1
56 Fourie du Preez PF 12 June 2004 03 October 2015 74 2
57 Adriaan Strauss JA 19 July 2008 11 June 2016 57 3
** Patrick Lambie[Note 4] PJ 06 November 2010 05 November 2010 58 1
58 Warren Whiteley[2] WR 06 September 2014 10 June 2017 7 2
59 Eben Etzebeth[3] E 09 June 2012 24 June 2017 62 3
60 Pieter-Steph du Toit[4] P 09 November 2013 02 June 2018 34 1
61 Siya Kolisi SK 16 June 2013 09 June 2018 31 3

Notes

1 ^ Theo Pienaar was selected as captain for the tour but never played. He is listed as captain number 12 on the South African Rugby Union's website.
2 ^ Felix and Morné du Plessis is the only father-son combination who captained South Africa.
3 ^ Victor Matfield return as captain in June 2014 after Jean de Villiers was injured.
4 ^ Patrick Lambie was captain against the Barbarians, which is not an test match. He is not listed as a captain on the South African Rugby Union's website.

References

  1. ^ "All 56 Springbok Captains". 1 October 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  2. ^ http://www.sarugby.co.za/playerprofile.aspx?id=38411&category=&leagueid=0
  3. ^ http://www.sarugby.co.za/playerprofile.aspx?id=49334&category=&leagueid=0
  4. ^ "Du Toit, Kolisi Bok skippers 60 & 61 ... but who were the first 59?". 28 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
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