Pedrie Wannenburg

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Pedrie Wannenburg
Date of birth (1981-01-02) 2 January 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Nelspruit, South Africa
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb, 247 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–2012
2012–2014
2014–
Ulster
Castres Olympique
Oyonnax
54 (45)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2010 Blue Bulls 80 (110)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002–2010 Bulls 105 (65)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002–2010 South Africa 20 (15)

Pedrie Wannenburg (born 2 January 1981 in Nelspruit) is a South African rugby union player who plays for Oyonnax in the French Top 14. He played for Castres Olympique for two seasons, after two years with Irish club Ulster. He previously represented the Bulls in the southern hemisphere Super 14 competition.

Rugby union career[edit]

Club[edit]

Wannenburg made his provincinal debut in 2001 against the Golden Lions. In 2002 Wannenburg made his Super Rugby debut against the ACT Brumbies. Wannenburg was the first player to play 100 games for the Blue Bulls[2] and also 99 consecutive games for the Bulls. He won three Super Rugby titles with the Bulls in 2007, 2009 and 2010,[3] as well as five Currie Cups,[2] and became their most capped player with 114 Super Rugby appearances.[3]

In June 2010 he decided to take on a new challenge with Ulster in Ireland competing in the Heineken Cup and Pro 12.[2] He played in Ulster's 2012 Heineken Cup Final defeat to Leinster.[4][5] He left Ulster at the end of the 2011–12 season[6][7] and signed a two-year contract with French side Castres.[8]

International[edit]

In November 2002, Wannenburg made his first test appearance for the Springboks against France.[9]

He has 20 caps for the Springboks.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Following problems with drugs and alcohol in South Africa, Wannenburg became a Christian.[3] During his time with Ulster, he attended church in Belfast with his fellow South Africans and Ulster team-mates Johann Muller and Ruan Pienaar.[10] Also while at Ulster he got married and became a father for the first time.[7]

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