Bakkies Botha Springbok

Bakkies Botha is a Springbok legend in every sense of the word. Image: Instagram via @

Bakkies Botha: From lockdowns to lineouts, where is he now?

Bakkies Botha’s rugby career is etched in history as a testament to grit, passion, and sheer tenacity. Here is all we know about him today.

Bakkies Botha Springbok

Bakkies Botha is a Springbok legend in every sense of the word. Image: Instagram via @

In the world of rugby, there are legends, and then there’s Bakkies Botha – a name that reverberates through the annals of the sport’s history like a thunderous tackle on a crisp Saturday afternoon.

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Born on 22 September 1979, in the rugby-crazed town of Newcastle, South Africa, Bakkies Botha’s journey from obscurity to the pinnacle of the sport is a rollercoaster ride through a world of bone-crunching collisions, controversial incidents, and unbridled passion for the oval ball according to RugbyPass.

Growing up, he attended HTS Middelburg and Vereeniging THS, where he honed his skills on the rugby field. His towering presence and tenacity soon caught the attention of scouts, and he started playing for Valke in Eastern Gauteng, taking his first steps toward a professional rugby career.

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Botha’s career truly took off when he joined the Blue Bulls provincial team in the Currie Cup competition and the Bulls Super Rugby team. Alongside his teammate Victor Matfield, he formed a formidable partnership in the lock position, earning him the moniker ‘The Enforcer’ for his physical and confrontational style of play.

However, his confrontational style also led to a series of controversial incidents, including yellow and red cards, suspensions, and bans. He gained notoriety for his on-field clashes and had his fair share of disciplinary issues throughout his career.

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Despite these incidents, Bakkies Botha’s impact on the game and his unwavering commitment to his team were undeniable. Botha played a pivotal role in his club career, winning numerous titles with the Blue Bulls and the Bulls, including Super Rugby championships and Currie Cup titles.

His journey took an international turn when he earned his first call-up to the Springboks squad in 2002. He represented South Africa in 85 Test matches, becoming an integral part of the team’s success.

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Bakkies Botha’s list of accolades and achievements is impressive. He was part of the South African national team that clinched the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, a defining moment in his career.

Additionally, Bakkies Botha contributed to South Africa’s triumphs in the Tri-Nations, now known as The Rugby Championship, in 2004 and 2009. The 2009 British & Irish Lions series win was another highlight, showcasing his prowess as a lock.

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Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield established a record by starting together in 63 Test matches, a testament to their exceptional partnership on the field. Botha’s presence in the game was further recognized when he was named a nominee for SA Player of the Year multiple times.

In a noteworthy accolade, the French publication Midi Olympique named him the best No. 4 lock to ever play the game, solidifying Bakkies Botha’s status as a rugby legend. He was also the only player to date to have won a hat trick of Super Rugby and European rugby titles.

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In 2015, Bakkies Botha hung up his boots and bid farewell to the professional rugby scene. However, retirement didn’t mean a departure from the world of sports entirely.

In 2019, Bakkies Botha ventured into a different field and started a successful butchery business in South Africa, aptly named ‘Bakkies the Butcher.’ He also stars occasionally in WeBuyCars advertisements with comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout

His transition from the rugby pitch to the world of business exemplifies his versatility and adaptability. Bakkies Botha remains a prominent figure in the rugby community, offering insights into the sport’s evolution and expressing his views on the changes he has witnessed.

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Bakkies Botha is undeniably a South African rugby legend, celebrated for his physicality, tenacity, and dedication to the game. His journey from a young boy in Newcastle to a celebrated international rugby star is a testament to his passion and commitment.

Despite the controversies that marked Bakkies Botha’s career, his impact on the sport remains indelible, making him one of the greatest players to ever wear the green and gold of the Springboks.