Paul Roos Springboks

Damian Willemse, Steven Kitshoff and Willie le Roux pose for a pic. Image: SA Rugby website

Paul Roos stay No 1 in SA: List of every Springbok produced

Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch has produced the most Springboks. Here is a look at the 54 former pupils of the school to have represented SA.

Paul Roos Springboks

Damian Willemse, Steven Kitshoff and Willie le Roux pose for a pic. Image: SA Rugby website

Paul Roos beat SACS on Saturday to maintain their unofficial No 1 ranking among South Africa’s rugby-playing schools.

The Stellenbosch-based school beat SACS at their Memorial ‘A’ field 28-10 on Saturday.

As reported by The South African website, Paul Roos Gymnasium has produced the most Springboks – including Paul Roos himself!

Most Springbok Old Boys

As of the Springboks’ most recent Test the 2023 Rugby World Cup final, 933 players have been capped at Springbok level.

Springbok No 1 was Benjamin Duff back in 1891, while Gerhard Steenekamp is the 933rd and most recent player to have donned the famed green and gold colours of the reigning world champions.

For interest’s sake, Duff was a SACS Old Boy while Steenekamp was educated at Potchefstroom Gimnasium.

No fewer than 15 schools can count 10 or more Springboks as Old Boys.

1Paul Roos Gymnasium54
2Grey College46
5Paarl Gimnasium30
T6Kimberley Boys’ High23
T6Paarl Boys’ High23
T9Grey High School17
T9Maritzburg College17
11Wynberg Boys High16
12Dale College13
13St Andrew’s (Grahamstown)12
T14Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool11

Click here for the full list of schools.

Paul Roos leads the way with 54 Springboks, four of whom are still active: Willie le Roux, Steven Kitshoff, Herschel Jantjies and Damian Willemse.

Listed below are the 54 Springboks to have been schooled at Paul Roos.

How many do you remember?

Listed in date of birth order

PlayerSpringbok #Date of birth
Bob Shand1927 August 1865
Arthur de Kock1629 August 1866
Japie Louw1130 August 1867
Jim McKendrick2727 July 1870
Paul de Waal602 June 1875
PO Nel7217 April 1877
Japie Krige645 July 1879
Paul Roos8830 October 1880
Koot Reynecke12919 January 1882
Pinkie Daneel1024 May 1882
Koei Brink1047 November 1882
Boy de Villiers951 May 1884
Bob Loubser856 August 1884
John Luyt1506 December 1884
Dick Luyt12216 April 1886
Wakkie Krige1362 December 1887
Lammetjie Luyt11426 February 1888
Tom van Vuuren1419 July 1889
Gideon Roos12620 July 1890
Tokkie Scholtz17729 August 1891
Nick du Plessis1664 December 1894
Theuns Kruger16917 June 1896
Charlie Meyer15914 January 1897
PK Albertyn17927 May 1897
Attie van Heerden15210 March 1898
Phil Mostert17630 October 1898
Andries du Toit20812 May 1899
Jackie Tindall16126 March 1900
Kenny Starke18018 June 1900
Mannetjies Michau1626 October 1900
Manus de Jongh20510 October 1902
Nico Bosman18516 October 1902
Dauncey Devine18920 March 1904
George Daneel19729 August 1904
Pieter Morkel2111 July 1905
Boet Prinsloo19214 October 1905
Ferdie Bergh2282 November 1906
George van Reenen25929 March 1914
Ballie Wahl26910 July 1920
Tjol Lategan26629 September 1925
Gertjie Brynard40721 October 1938
Jannie Engelbrecht34710 November 1938
Hempies du Toit51623 August 1953
Cabous van der Westhuizen60911 January 1965
Justin Swart63023 July 1972
Cobus Visagie68331 October 1973
Schalk Brits79916 May 1981
Andries Bekker7955 December 1983
Juandre Kruger8326 September 1985
Francois Hougaard8076 April 1988
Willie le Roux84818 August 1989
Steven Kitshoff87310 February 1992
Herschel Jantjies91322 April 1996
Damian Willemse9107 May 1998

Does your school feature on the list?

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