Stefan Terblanche

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Stefan Terblanche
Stefan Terblanche (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-07-02) 2 July 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Mossel Bay, South Africa
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
School(s) attended Swellendam High School
Youth clubs
Years Club
Boland Cavaliers
Youth representative teams
Years Team Apps (points)
1996 South Africa U-21
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
2003 ‐ 07
2011
Ospreys
Ulster
87
16 (15)
Super Rugby
Provincial sides

1998 ‐ 03
Boland Cavaliers
Natal Sharks
66
42 (161)
Super Rugby
2007 ‐ Sharks 122 (175)35t
Representative teams
1998 ‐ South Africa 37 (95)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Stefan Terblanche (born in Mossel Bay on 2 July 1975) is a South African rugby union player. He plays mostly at fullback also has the ability to play at centre or on the wing.

Career[edit]

Terblanche played in 37 tests for South Africa, scoring 19 tries, including a South African test record of four tries (equalled with Chester Williams and Pieter Rossouw) on debut against Ireland at Bloemfontein on 13 June 1998, which he later bettered by scoring a then record five tries against Italy on 19 June 1999.

Terblanche started his career under the tutelage of Nick Mallet at the Boland Cavaliers (66 caps). He made his debut in 1999 for the Natal Sharks and played for the Ospreys in Wales. Terblanche moved back to the Natal Sharks for the 2007 Currie Cup season in South Africa. He played his return game for the Durban-based franchise at Fullback and scored two tries and claimed man of the match in the Shark's 32–16 defeat over Western Province, the team who has won the Currie Cup title a record 32 times. This was also his 100th match played for the Sharks.

He is known as a great finisher—his test try per match ratio of 0.51 is among the highest in Springbok history and is significantly better than those of players like Carel du Plessis (0.33), Breyton Paulse (0.4) and Jean de Villiers (0.4), on par with current stars Jaque Fourie (0.5), Bryan Habana (0.57)[contradiction] and old legend Pieter Rossouw (0.48) but short of Ray Mordt (0.66 or two tries in every three tests), and Danie Gerber's (0.79) incredible scoring records. On 3 October 2007 it was announced that Terblanche had re-signed for the Natal Sharks on a one year contract. In 2010, Terblanche was appointed captain of the Natal Sharks.

On 1 November 2011 he signed a 3 month contract with Ulster rugby to provide cover for Jared Payne who ruptured his achilles in the PRO12 match against Treviso on 7 October.

National & International Representation[edit]

Other Achievements[edit]

  • Holds Boland Cavaliers record for most tries in a season (20 in 1997)
  • Holds Boland Cavaliers record for career tries (49)
  • Equal top try scorer in 1998 Super 12 with 10 tries.
  • Tri-Nations winner with South Africa 1998
  • Member of Ospreys squad winning the 2006–07 Celtic League
  • Currie Cup winner with Natal Sharks 2008
  • Currie Cup winner with Natal Sharks 2010

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