Former Springbok tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis is celebrating his 36th birthday today! To celebrate, we decided to take a look back at his amazing Springbok career.
Jannie, whose brother Bismarck also played for the Springboks alongside him, was selected for the Springbok squad for the first time during the 2007 Tri Nations series between South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He made his test debut in the starting 15 on 7 July against Australia. Bismarck also made his debut during the same match when he came on as a substitute.
Jannie du Plessis was not named in the Springboks’ original squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, but was called up to replace BJ Botha after Botha suffered a knee injury during the Springboks’ final group match. Du Plessis received the call notifying him of his selection early on the morning of 1 October, shortly after finishing an all-night shift at a Bloemfontein hospital during which he had performed a Caesarean section. He was in the starting 15 for the Springboks on the 7th October for their quarterfinal match against Fiji. The Springboks went on to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Jannie played in 70 test matches for South Africa between 2007 and 2015, scoring 1 try for the Springboks.
Jannie was also a member of the Springbok squad for both the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. The Springboks were unfortunately defeated in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup. They did however win the bronze in the 3rd place play-off match.
Happy Birthday, Jannie! We hope you have a very successful year ahead!