Joel Stransky Rugby World Cup Springboks

Joel Stransky, the World Cup-winning Springbok flyhalf. Image: Compiled

Where is Springbok hero Joel Stransky now?

Joel Stransky is one of the most well-known Springbok players of all time. We reflect on his career and what he’s up to now.

Joel Stransky Rugby World Cup Springboks

Joel Stransky, the World Cup-winning Springbok flyhalf. Image: Compiled

Mention the name Joel Stransky, and virtually all Springbok rugby fans will immediately think of his remarkable match-winning drop goal in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. Even for the younger generation of supporters who may not have witnessed that iconic occasion, the legend of that achievement precedes him.

Stransky also wrote his name in the history books in the opening match of the 1995 World Cup when he became the first Springbok to score all four possible ways in a Test as he scored a try, a conversion, four penalties and a drop goal to guide South Africa to a 27-18 win over defending champions, Australia.

He was on the winning side in 16 Tests, while ultimately finishing with 22 caps to his name after featuring in his final Springbok game on 31 August 1996.

Domestically, after making his first-class debut with Northern Transvaal (Blue Bulls) in 1987, the talented flyhalf transferred to the Sharks where he won a Currie Cup medal in 1990.

He then enjoyed a memorable stint with Western Province before he linked up with English club Leicester Tigers, winning the 1996–97 Pilkington Cup and the 1998–99 Allied Dunbar Premiership.

Joel Stransky, the Springbok legend, has been extremely busy since retiring

After briefly dabbling in coaching, Stransky has become a highly successful businessman.

As highlighted on LinkedIn, “after a successful rugby career, Joel’s business acumen and natural leadership ability led him into the corporate sports marketing world, where he became an Executive Director at Megapro, South Africa’s leading sports marketing company. Joel looked after the commercial affairs of the South African Rugby Union, headed up hospitality at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and consulted to the Bid Book that won the rights to the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup.

“He quickly gained a strong reputation and joined Altech Netstar as Director of Sales and Marketing, which saw the company grow significantly, promoting Joel to the role of Altech Netstar Group Managing Director. This results-driven initiative piqued the interest of the Steinhoff Group, where he took up a management position and then became responsible for the turnaround strategy for Hertz Rent-a-Car group.”

Following those endeavours, he established himself as a co-founder and director at Pivotal Data, a multi-faceted company that implements “disruptive” technology solutions.

He is also an owner of Paperlogic Hygiene, a manufacturer and distributor of paper products and cleaning/hygiene solutions.

“In a way it was difficult to find my feet after retiring from professional rugby as it had been such a huge part of my life. But in another sense it was somewhat of a relief because I had been struggling with an injury. It took a little while but I think I settled back into some form of normal life pretty smoothly,” Stransky once reflected.

Busy man

The former flyhalf is also a regular commentator/analyst for SuperSport and has become a passionate cyclist, completing multiple Cape Epics races.

“After I completed my first Absa Cape Epic the bug definitely bit and now I’m addicted to endurance events and cycling!” Stransky enthuses. “Every year the race gets harder and the route is more challenging. It’s something I want to conquer again – to prove to myself that I can do it!” 

Stransky currently resides in Bryanston, Johannesburg, with his wife Karen, and two children, Sabrina and Matthew.