So who has Autographed the Rugby Balls?
There are two Rugby Balls up for grabs! Both are signed by six former Boks!
Of the six former Boks whose signatures we secured, only 1998 Tri-Nations winning captain Gary Teichman is not locally born and bred. Born in former Rhodesia in 1967, Teichman attended Hilton College in Natal while his professional career covered ten years from 1991 to 2001 with most of these years spent at the Sharks where he captained the side to two consecutive Currie Cup wins in the mid-'90s. From 1995 to 1999 he had 42 appearances for the Springboks, of which 39 were as Captain. With a 72% success rate while at the helm of the Boks, his team went on to achieve a record 17 undefeated consecutive matches in 1998. This team was considered the greatest in Springbok history. Teichman spent the last few years of his playing days at Newport in Wales where he racked up 52 appearances.
Born in Adelaide in 1971, St Andrews College Old Boy, Russell Bennett played at fullback for the Border Bulldogs, the Natal Sharks and had six Test appearances for the Springboks in the late '90s.
Old Hudsonian, Odwa Ndungane was born in 1981 in Mthatha. He played 49 matches for the Border Bulldogs and over 200 games for the Sharks between 2000 and 2017, a phenomenal 17-year career. In his prime, he secured nine Tests for the Boks between 2008 and 2011.
Queenstown born and former Hangklip pupil, Delarey Du Preez played over 200 provincial games between the Border Bulldogs and the Lions. As a robust hooker, he had two games for the Springboks and remarkably still plays club rugby at 43 years of age.
Our most capped former Bok (77 Tests) and Old Selbornian, Mark Andrews was born in 1972 in Elliot. He played his entire rugby career at the Sharks from 1993 to 2002 and represented the Springboks from 1994 - 2002. In the iconic 1995 World Cup Final he famously donned the number eight jersey as opposed to his usual number five.
Our last former Bok is another front-rower born and bred in Queenstown. As a past Head Boy of Queens College (1992), Robbie Kempson can be seen regularly commentating on Supersport and currently occupies the position of Head Coach at the Southern Kings. His professional career spanned 11 years from 1994 to 2005 playing for the Sharks and then the Stormers. In 1999 he left for the UK where he played for Newport, Ulster and Northampton Saints while his 37 Tests for SA were between 1998 and 2003.
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