Naas Botha
While still at school, Naas represented his province in Rugby, Baseball and Softball. At an International level, he played Rugby and SA u/16 Baseball 1972/73. His provincial debut came in 1977 when NE Transvaal played SE Transvaal. In all, he played 179 (127 as Captain) for Northerns. His International debut was 1980 - SA vs. South America (Jaguars) and the number of tests for which he was capped was 28 (8 as captain). He captained the Springboks in 1992, scoring a total of 365 points. His other international representation included : World XV (1986 & 1992), French, Italian and American Barbarians, American Football (1983 &84) and Rovigo in Italy (6 years). Other Interesting stats on Naas:- First player to score 300+ points in a season; youngest player in Currie cup Final - 19 in 1977; youngest winning Captain in a Currie Cup Final - 22 in 1980; only player to score 2 hat-tricks of drops in a test; 1980 vs. Jaguars, 1981 vs. Ireland; most drop goals in first-class Rugby - 172; only player ever to be chosen as SA Rugby Player of the Year on 4 occasions - 1979, 1981, 1985 and 1987. His other interests include Golf (Handicap 3) and movies. He presently works on SuperSport as TV Commentator and Analyst, and he is a Director of a Sports Management Group.


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