Makazole Mapimpi scores.
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Who has scored the most tries for the Springboks?

Who has scored the most tries for the Springboks and which current player is highest up the order of merit when it comes to crossing the whitewash in Test rugby?


Makazole Mapimpi scores.
Image: Ashley Western/Colorsport/Shutterstock

The record for the most tries by a Springbok in Test rugby is currently held by legendary winger Bryan Habana.

Habana touched down for 67 five-pointers in a career that stretched from 2004 until 2017.

Who holds the record for most tries for the Springboks

Habana broke through the previous mark, held by Joost van der Westhuizen in 2011 when he scored his 39th try in the Green and Gold at the Rugby World Cup.

“I think other people were more worried about it than I was,” Habana said of breaking the record.

“I’ve said it my whole career: it’s always been about the Springbok team. It’s never been about the number of tries I’ve been able to score, it’s about contributing, and I’m disappointed that I haven’t been able to contribute for the last couple of tests.

“Hopefully, now everyone can stop worrying about it and I can concentrate on playing rugby. It’s been great, a great honour and privilege to break records and pass someone like Joost. Hopefully, I can keep using my God-given talent to contribute to Springbok rugby.”

Habana scored his 67th Test try against Italy on 19 November 2016 and retired from internationals in 2017.

Which current player has the most tries for the Springboks?

Makazole Mapimpi is the current Springbok with the highest tally of tries and has notched his scores at an impressive rate.

A bit of a late bloomer, Mapimpi made his Test debut at the age of 28. He scored in his first Test, although the Springboks lost the match against Wales in Washington DC.

On all but four occassions when Mapimpi has scored, the Springboks go on to win the match.

Mapimpi has scored two Test hat-tricks, running in for three scores against Japan in 2019 and Romania at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

He suffered a fractured cheekbone in the win over Tonga at the Rugby World Cup.

Mapimpi made his return to Test rugby in June at Twickenham, scoring his 27th Test try against Wales to move level with Jean de Villiers as the fourth highest tryscorer for the Springboks.

Only Jaque Fourie (32), Van der Westhuizen (38) and Habana (67) have scored more tries for the Springboks than Mapimpi.

Top ten tryscorers for South Africa

1Bryan Habana2004–20176712454%Wing
2Joost van der Westhuizen1993–2003388942.7%Scrum-half
3Jaque Fourie2003–2013327244.4%Centre
4Jean de Villiers2002–20152710924.8%Centre
Makazole Mapimpi2018–274264.3%Wing
6Breyton Paulse1997–2007266440.6%Wing
7Percy Montgomery1997–20082510224.5%Fullback
8JP Pietersen2006–2016247034.3%Wing
9Pieter Rossouw1997–2003214348.8%Wing
10James Small1992–1997204742.6%Wing

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