BJ Botha

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BJ Botha
Full name Brendon James Botha
Nickname BJ
Date of birth (1980-01-04) January 4, 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Durban, KZN, South Africa
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb, 247 lb)
School Durban High School, Durban and Kloof High School, Durban
Occupation(s) Professional rugby player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2008–2011
2011–2016
Ulster
Munster
58
111
(10)
(20)
Correct as of 10 Jan 2016
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2001–2008 Sharks 32 (10)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2006–2010 South Africa 25 (5)
Correct as of 30 Jun 2011

Brendon James Botha, better known as BJ Botha (born 4 January 1980 in Durban, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player. He plays as a Prop.

Sharks[edit]

Botha played in the Currie Cup and Super 14 the Sharks. He played in all 13 Super 14 matches in 2006 and was one cap shy of a half-century in the domestic Currie Cup.

Ulster[edit]

He signed for Ulster on Thursday 14 August 2008 on a three-year deal, and left the province in May 2011.

Munster[edit]

Botha signed for the Irish province Munster on a two-year contract in February 2011, starting in the 2011–12 season.[1]

He made his Munster debut against Scarlets on 17 September 2011.[2] His first Heineken Cup game for Munster was against Northampton Saints in November 2011. He scored his first try for Munster in January 2012, in the Heineken Cup Round 6 game against Northampton.[3]

Botha scored a match-winning try for Munster in their final Pro 12 game against Zebre on 3 May 2013.[4] He signed a two-year contract extension with Munster in May 2013.[5] Botha signed a six-month contract extension with Munster in March 2015, meaning he will stay with the province until at least December 2015.[6] He won his 100th cap for Munster in the 2015 Pro12 Grand Final on 30 May 2015.[7] In November 2015, it was announced that Botha's contract with Munster had been extended to June 2016.[8] Botha started Munster's opening pool game of the 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup against Treviso on 14 November 2015, scoring a try in his teams 32-7 win.[9] On 9 January 2016, Botha ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Munster's match against Stade Français. The injury ruled him out for the foreseeable future.[10] In May 2016, it was announced that Botha would leave Munster at the end of the 2015-16 season.[11]

South Africa[edit]

Botha has played 25 times for the Springboks and has one try to his name. He was a member of the South Africa squad that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Barbarians[edit]

In May 2009, Botha was named in the Barbarians squad to play England and Australia.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Botha Signs". munsterrugby.ie. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "RaboDirect Pro12: Munster 35-12 Scarlets". BBC Sport. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Munster Close The Deal". munsterrugby.ie. 21 January 2012. Archived from the original on 26 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Botha Try Seals Win". munsterrugby.ie. 5 May 2013. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Injury Forces Howlett To Retire". munsterrugby.ie. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Front Row Trio Sign Up". munsterrugby.ie. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Munster Well Beaten As Warriors Claim Title". munsterrugby.ie. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Side Named For European Opener". munsterrugby.ie. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Job Done In Thomond". munsterrugby.ie. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Botha Injury Update". munsterrugby.ie. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Departing Players". munsterrugby.ie. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "England v Barbarians: Teams". skysports.com. 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 23 January 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Australia v Bass-Baas: Teams". skysports.com. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2014. [permanent dead link]

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