André Venter

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André Venter
Full name André Gerhardus Venter
Date of birth (1970-11-14) 14 November 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Vereeniging, South Africa
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 131 kg (20 st 9 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Free State Cheetahs
Correct as of 11 October 2012
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–2001 South Africa 66 (45)
Correct as of 11 October 2012

André Gerhardus Venter (born 14 November 1970 in Vereeniging, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union footballer who earned 66 caps playing for the South Africa national team during the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s.[1] He represented South Africa during the 1999 Rugby World Cup where they finished third.

Bill McLaren once said that "He's no oil painting, but look at him working the blind side like a pop-up toaster![2]

A few years after his retirement he was diagnosed with a degenerative syndrome of the central nervous system, later revealed to be transverse myelitis, which causes damage to the spine, and forced him into a wheelchair. Later, his former Springbok teammate, Joost van der Westhuizen developed a degenerative nervous disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.[3]


  1. ^ "André Venter - South Africa". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ "He's like a demented ferret up a wee drainpipe". The Sun. 26 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Van der Westhuizen diagnosed with motor neurone". RTÉ-ie. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.