10 Facts About Bakkies Botha


Bakkies Botha was a member of the national team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France in addition to winning two Tri Nations titles in the 2004 Tri Nations Series and the 2009 Tri Nations Series.

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Bakkies Botha became widely associated with fellow international lock Victor Matfield for their highly successful onfield partnership with the Springboks.

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Bakkies Botha played for the under-19 and under-23 Springbok sides before being chosen for the South African "A" team that toured Europe at the end of 2001.

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Bakkies Botha is known as one of the "hardest" locks in world rugby, and is nicknamed "The Enforcer" for his physical play.

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Bakkies Botha received a yellow card for stamping in his debut against France.

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In May 2010, during the Bulls Super 14 game against the Stormers, Bakkies Botha was suspended for four weeks following a dangerous clearout of wing Gio Aplon.

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On 10 July 2010, in the 1st test of the 2010 Tri Nations Series against New Zealand, Bakkies Botha was suspended from all rugby for 9 weeks by an IRB judiciary for head-butting All Black halfback Jimmy Cowan, ruling him out of the remainder of the 2010 Tri Nations Series.

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Bakkies Botha played in three winning Currie Cup finals with the Bulls, and was a member of the victorious Bulls team in the Super 14 in the 2007 Super 14 season, 2009 Super 14 season and 2010 Super 14 season.

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Bakkies Botha is one of the most decorated players in world rugby.

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Bakkies Botha is regularly listed in 'greatest ever' sides, and coach Bernard Laporte said he was the greatest player he ever coached.

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