Ben-Jason Dixon celebrates a triumphant moment in a Stormers match. Image via @WP_RUGBY on

Why Ben-Jason Dixon is the talk of the Springboks’ alignment camp

Ben-Jason Dixon, the uncut diamond in the Stormers’ pack, impresses Springboks’ management with his size, intensity, and intelligence.


Ben-Jason Dixon celebrates a triumphant moment in a Stormers match. Image via @WP_RUGBY on

Ben-Jason Dixon, the versatile Stormers forward, has impressed the Springboks’ management team with his performances.

Photos on the Springboks’ social media revealed his quiet attendance at this week’s national alignment camp in the Cape.

Dixon’s Surprise Invitation

Dixon’s invitation to the camp came as a surprise. His name had not surfaced among the players previously invited by Rassie Erasmus, the Bok head coach.

However, John Dobson, the Stormers’ coach, expressed delight at Dixon’s recognition. “We think BJ (Ben-Jason) is an uncut diamond,” Dobson stated.

Dixon: The Uncut Diamond’s Qualities

Dobson praised Dixon’s size (109kg and 1.98m), intensity, and physicality. “He has a giant engine,” Dobson added.

“BJ is fearless and reminds one of some big names who have represented the Goats on seven flank. We consider him a seven-flanker. His linebacker play is outstanding.”

Dixon made his Stormers debut in 2020, following his time as the head boy of Paul Roos and involvement in teams like the SA Schools, Maties, and Junior Goats. He also captained the Maties.

Intelligence and Care

Beyond rugby, Dixon is known for his intelligence and caring nature. “He’s a smart person academically. Someone who cares,” Dobson remarked.

Moreover, Dixon has studied industrial engineering, showcasing his well-rounded character.

Dixon’s Importance to Stormers and National Recognition

Dobson emphasised Dixon’s importance to the Stormers’ project. “We think he’s an important part of the Stormers’ project. BJ hasn’t really been on the national radar. It’s good that he’s been spotted,” Dobson said.

Saru confirmed that 38 players, including Dixon, received invitations to the alignment camp. However, the full list of attendees was not disclosed.

Focusing on Different Game Areas

Erasmus revealed that the first two camps focused on presenting the Springboks’ wider plans and ideas from the new national coaching staff members, including Tony Brown, Jerry Flannery, and Jaco Peyper.

“We are now in a good position to focus on different areas of the game in more detail,” Erasmus explained.

Preparing for the Upcoming Test

The Springboks’ first test against Wales at Twickenham is on 22 June. Erasmus emphasised the importance of having everyone together and ensuring alignment between coaches and players in their approach and objectives.

However, the test falls outside World Rugby’s Test window, meaning Erasmus will be without overseas players such as Handré Pollard, Jasper Wiese (suspended), RG Snyman, Cobus Reinach, Siya Kolisi, and Trevor Nyakane.

In conclusion, Ben-Jason Dixon continues to shine in the Stormers’ pack. His invitation to the national alignment camp serves as a testament to his talent and potential.

With his unique combination of size, intensity, and intelligence, Dixon is undoubtedly an uncut diamond that can make a significant impact on the rugby field.