Chiliboy Ralepelle

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Chiliboy Ralepelle
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Chiliboy Ralepelle with the ball.
Full name Mahlatse Ralepelle
Date of birth (1986-09-11) 11 September 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Tzaneen, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
School Pretoria Boys High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013– Toulouse
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–13 Blue Bulls 30 (10)
correct as of 21 October 2012.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–13 Bulls 69 (20)
correct as of 28 July 2013.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–  South Africa 22 (5)
correct as of 8 June 2013.

Mahlatse "Chiliboy" Ralepelle (born 11 September 1986 in Tzaneen, South Africa), generally referred to by his nickname, is a South African rugby union footballer. His usual position is at hooker. He plays for Toulouse in the French Top 14 competition.


As a pupil at Pretoria Boys High School, Ralepelle was a member of the under-15s squad in 2001. He played for the SA Schools team in 2002 and 2003, and went on to play for the South African under-19 side in 2004.

He was a member of both the under-19 and under-21 South African sides in 2005. Ralepelle also made his senior provincial debut for the Blue Bulls in 2005. He made his debut for the Bulls in the 2006 Super 14 season, coming on as a replacement.

Ralepelle captained the under-21 Springboks at the 2006 Under 21 Rugby World Championship in France. South Africa made it to the final of the tournament, but were defeated by the hosts. He was subsequently included in the Springboks' 2006 Tri Nations Series squad.

Head coach Jake White named Ralepelle on the bench for the second test against Australia, in Sydney. Ralepelle made his Springbok debut on 26 August 2006, coming on as a substitute. He also was an unused bench replacement in the final two Tri Nations games.

Ralepelle was then included in the South African squad for the 2006 tour to the Northern Hemisphere. He was an unused bench replacement in the match against Ireland, and the first Test against England. Ralepelle appeared as a substitute in the second Test at Twickenham. For the last match of the tour, Ralepelle was named as captain for the match against the World XV at Walkers Stadium in Leicester, the first black player - and the youngest - to captain the national team.

On 15 November 2010, Ralepelle was suspended and sent back to South Africa from England following a positive drugs test.[1]

In June 2013, the Bulls announced that Ralepelle would join French Top 14 side Toulouse after the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division season.[2]


  1. ^ "South Africa pair Ralepelle and Basson fail drug tests". BBC Sport. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chiliboy Ralepelle to leave Bulls and join Toulouse". Rugby Week. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 

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