Springboks players. image via Instagram @bokrugby

A quartet of Springboks reveal hidden sporting talents

The Springboks are Rugby World Cup champions, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have other sporting talents.


Springboks players. image via Instagram @bokrugby

A few Rugby World Cup Springboks were interviewed in 2022 and their hidden sporting talents came up.

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Malcolm Marx’s wife Kirsten was quick to chime in during this 2022 Times Live interview: “Malcolm’s a very good ice-skater — he has his own skates and everything,” she says.

“I’d go to the rink at Northgate every weekend,” Marx said.

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De Klerk mentioned, in a typically humble tone, that he used to be a decent gymnast. We all know he was probably a whole lot better than decent, and there are some solid rumours that he was also an excellent cricketer. What about Steven Kitshoff? His wife Aimee said he “is an absolute whizz on water and a brilliant wakeboarder.”

Fellow prop Vincent Koch, however, revealed another type of talent altogether. He’s a professional Pokémon card collector — Rare cards can sell for tens of millions of rands if they’re the right types and in mint condition.

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Jacques Nienaber rugby world cup
Jacques Nienaber coached the Springboks and guided them in the 2023 Rugby World Cup tournament in Paris. Image via Instagram @bokrugby

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