During the 2005 Tri Nations he seemed to have cemented his place in the Springboks with a strong performance against the Wallabies at Ellis Park. A broken hand at the end of the tournament stalled his career for the Springboks. Over the next couple of years he battled with injuries until making a successful return to Super Rugby and the Springboks in 2007. He was selected to represent South Africa at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He also won the 2010 South African player of the year. He also played all five matches for South Africa at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.