Makazole Mapimpi

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Makazole Mapimpi
Date of birth (1990-07-26) 26 July 1990 (age 28)
Place of birthMdantsane, South Africa
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight90 kg (200 lb; 14 st 2 lb)
SchoolJim Mvabasa SS School, King William's Town
Rugby union career
Position(s) Winger / Centre
Current team Sharks / Sharks (Currie Cup) / Sharks XV
Youth Career
2009 Border Bulldogs
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2016 Border Bulldogs 54 (149)
2017 Southern Kings 14 (55)
2017–2018 Free State Cheetahs 6 (35)
2017–2018 Cheetahs 13 (50)
2018–present Sharks 10 (20)
2018–present Sharks XV 1 (0)
Correct as of 21 July 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017 South Africa 'A' 1 (5)
2018 South Africa 4 (20)
Correct as of 8 September 2018

Makazole Mapimpi (born (1990-07-26)26 July 1990 in Mdantsane, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for the Sharks in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup and the Sharks XV in the Rugby Challenge. He usually plays as a winger .[1]



In 2009, Mapimpi was a member of the Border U19 team that played in the 2009 Under-19 Provincial Championship.

Border Bulldogs[edit]

He was one of several amateur club players brought into the Border Bulldogs provincial set-up at the start of 2014 after the professional side was declared bankrupt.[2] He was included in their squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition and made his debut in their opening match against a Sharks XV. Border lost the match 24–46, but Mapimpi marked his first class debut with a try shortly after half-time.[3] He also started in their 6–60 loss to Eastern Cape rivals Eastern Province Kings[4] and their next match against Kenyan invitational side Simba XV, scoring the Border Bulldogs' second try in that match to help them to an 18–17 win, their only victory of the competition.[5] He also started the remaining four matches in the competition, scoring his third try of the campaign in their match against the SWD Eagles,[6] as the Border Bulldogs finished bottom of the log.

He was retained for their 2014 Currie Cup qualification campaign and he made his debut in the Currie Cup competition by starting their opening-day 5–52 defeat to Griquas.[7] He missed their next match against the Boland Cavaliers,[8] before starting their other four matches in the competition. However, the Border Bulldogs lost all six of their matches to finish bottom of the log and qualified to the 2014 Currie Cup First Division. Mapimpi once again started all five of their matches, including their first match against the Falcons, which turned out to be the Border Bulldogs' only victory of the season as they ran out 19–14 winners.[9] He scored tries in consecutive matches against the SWD Eagles[10] and a Leopards side that eventually finished top of the log[11] but could not prevent the Bulldogs from finished bottom of the log with a single win all season.

Mapimpi returned in the 2015 Vodacom Cup, but ended up on the losing side in their first six matches in the seven-match competition. Mapimpi was the star performer in their final match of the season against the Boland Cavaliers in Alice;[12] he scored a hat-trick of tries and, with regular kicker Masixole Banda unavailable for this match, also took over the kicking duties and slotted three conversions and a penalty. He finished the match with a personal haul of 24 points in the Border Bulldogs' 29–5 victory to help them overtake the Boland Cavaliers on the Southern Section log.[13]

He also scored a try three minutes from the end of the Border Bulldogs' first match of the 2015 Currie Cup qualification tournament, with his side causing an upset by beating Griquas – the team that won the qualification tournament in 2014 to earn a spot in the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division – 20–13 in a match played in East London.

Free State Cheetahs[edit]

In April 2017, the Free State Cheetahs announced that they contracted Mapimpi until the end of the 2018 season.[14]


He made his Test debut for the Springboks on June 2, 2018 against Wales in Washington, D.C. at the age of 27 years.


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Makazole Mapimpi". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Bankrupt BRFU can't pay staff". Daily Dispatch. 16 January 2014. Archived from the original on 29 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 24-46 Cell C Sharks XV". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 60-6 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 18-17 Tusker Simba XV". South African Rugby Union. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 26-40 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 52-5 Border". South African Rugby Union. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 12-37 Boland Cavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 19-14 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – SWD Eagles 31-22 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 19-34 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 29-5 Boland Cavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Border Star Has Super Rugby Dreams". MyPlayers. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Vrystaat lok Kings se Mapimpi". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 4 April 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.