September 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
When Jaco Taute became Springbok #839 he also became the first Taute to be a Springbok and with Elton Jantjies being the first Jantjies Springbok I decided to investigate and played around with some Springbok rugby stats
Top 10 Surnames – Number of players
The du Plessis family name has produced the most Boks followed closely by Morkel and van der Merwe although the last Morkel played in a rugby test in 1928, nowadays the family is more into cricket. The last du Plessis’s to debut were Jannie and Bismark du Plessis in 2007. Apart from WP’s JP du Plessis and the Blue Bulls’ Willie du Plessis there don’t seem to be many du Plessis’ in the pipeline.
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Top 10 Surnames – Number of test caps
Here too the du Plessis family name leads the choir but only by a nose from Botha. At the moment there isn’t Botha who threatens to overtake them but if Jean de Villiers can get 21 more caps de Villiers will take the lead.
Top 10 Surnames – Points
With kickers leading the points table Montgomery (Percy) is in a virtually unassailable lead forllowed by Steyn (Morne & Frans) and Botha (Naas). Habana (Bryan) only needs three more tries to move into the fourth spot.
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Top 10 One Player Surnames – Caps
Top 10 One Player Surnames – Points
Except for Bryan Habana, Breyten Paulse and James Small the kickers rule the roost.
Least successful surname
Once can never say that anyone who got Springbok colours was unsuccessful but the Wessels surname stand out as having had four Springboks, only one of them played test rugby and then only in three tests.
Wessels: 4 Players – 3 Tests
Most succesful One Test Wonder
In 1977, during the isolation years, Robbie Blair played in one test against a world invitation side, scored 21 points and never played in another test. Between 1977 and 1980 no further tests were played and in 1980 Naas Botha took over as flyhalf. Of the players who made their debut in that 1977 test only Louis Moolman went on to get more caps.
Robbie Blair: 27-Aug-77 – World Invitation – 21
Most tests without scoring
Cobus Visagie – 29 tests