|Full name||André Stefan Pretorius|
29 December 1978 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|School(s) attended||Hoërskool Dinamika|
|University||Rand Afrikaans University|
|1998||South Africa Under-21||6||(59)|
|2001||South Africa Under-23||2||(14)|
|2001||South African Barbarians||1||(0)|
|2004||South Africa 'A'||3||(27)|
|* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 3 May 2014.
† Appearances (Points).
André Stefan Pretorius (born 29 December 1978 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a South African rugby union footballer. His usual position is at fly-half, where he is currently under contract at Leopards in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. He has been capped by his country's national side, the Springboks and was a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad that was crowned world champions. He has also played at fullback.
Pretorius is known for being a creative fly-half with a good sidestep, superb vision and good distribution skills in addition to being a reliable goalkicker. However, he has also been criticised for his average defensive skills, which may be down to his small stature.
Pretorius made his international debut for the Springboks on 8 June 2002 at fly-half against Wales at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. The Springboks won 34-19, with Pretorius kicking three conversions and one penalty goal. He played in the subsequent 19-8 victory over the Welsh. He notched up one try, five conversions and three penalty goals in his third match as a Springbok against Argentina.
After playing in another Test against Samoa, in which he again played a large role with his kicking ability, Pretorius was included in the Springboks 2002 Tri Nations Series squad. He played in three Tri Nations matches, two against the All Blacks and one against Australia, with South Africa losing all three. He earned a further three caps for the Springboks that year in November against Northern Hemisphere sides, playing matches against France, England and Scotland, all of which South Africa lost.
He returned to international duties in July 2003 as a reserve in the 52-16 loss against the All Blacks during the 2003 Tri Nations Series. He was moved to fullback for the following match against Australia which the Springboks lost 29-9. He next played for the Springboks on 23 July 2005 as fly-half against Australia during the 2005 Tri Nations Series, which the Springboks won 22-16, with Pretorius landing a drop goal. He played at fly-half in the subsequent matches. He earned another international cap in November in the 34-23 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires.
After undergoing major surgery, Pretorius turned out for the Lions in the 2006 Currie Cup season. Putting the surgery setbacks behind him, he guided the Lions to a 74-15 win over the Pumas in round seven. Pretorius himself scoring a try, as well as eight conversions and a penalty goal - 24 of the Lions' total 74 points.
In 2007, he returned to the national side and became Jake White's 2nd choice fly half to Butch James, playing an extensive reserve role in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, playing as a replacement in the final which South Africa won 15-6 against England.
During the 2010 Super 14 season he returned to the Lions in South Africa.
Since 2012 he is back on the local rugby scene playing for the Leopards based in Potchefstroom.