Thinus Delport

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Thinus Delport
Birth nameGehardus Martinus Delport
Date of birth (1975-02-02) February 2, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birthPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Height6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Weight15.7 st (100 kg)
SchoolLinden High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Old Patesian veterans ()
Correct as of 13 July 2014
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Gloucester Rugby
Worcester Warriors
Kobelco Steelers
Correct as of 13 July 2014
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Golden Lions
Sharks (Currie Cup)
--->Valke (loan)
Correct as of 13 July 2014
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Current local club retired
Correct as of 13 July 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–2003 South Africa 18 (15)
Correct as of 13 July 2014
Teams coached
Years Team
2010–2011 Stourbridge
Correct as of 13 July 2014

Thinus Delport (born 2 February 1975 in Port Elizabeth) is a South African ex rugby union player who played at wing or fullback for Worcester Warriors and South Africa.

He started his career playing for the Lions from U21 level and he made his senior debut in 1997. Playing in the Super 12 for the Lions formerly known as The Cats.

Delport began his English career at Gloucester. Whilst there he started the 2003 Powergen Cup Final in which Gloucester defeated Northampton Saints.[1] Delport joined Worcester from Gloucester in 2004. Delport left Worcester Warriors in 2007 and became a television rugby presenter He made his international debut on the Springboks' 1997 European tour. However, it was three years before he made his test debut against Canada in East London (2000).

Delport also played in the Tsunami Memorial game representing the southern hemisphere alongside some of the world’s greatest players.

It was announced in March 2008 that Delport would be moving to Japanese Side Kobelco Steelers at the end of the season, to pursue a new rugby career there.[2]

On 24 June 2010 it was announced Delport had signed a 1-year deal at National 1 outfit Stourbridge as a player coach.

After retirement he has also played an amateur game for the Old Patesian veterans, a local Gloucestershire club, in which they beat their rivals: Smiths Industries, in the third team's cup.

In 2014 Delport became an ambassador for Project Zulu, a UK based charity running the educational development projects in the Madadeni township, KZN, South Africa. In February 2015 he visited the Madadeni township to host their first schools tag rugby tournament.

Delport is also an ambassador and active member of Rugby for Heroes, a UK based charity helping active and retired service men and women make the transition to civilian life, using Rugby as a medium. He works alongside patrons Mike Tindall OBE and Nick Knowles to build up the profile of the charity.


  1. ^ "Gloucester given hope by cup win amid financial ruins". The Guardian. 7 April 2003. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Delport to quit Sixways for Japan". BBC Sport. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08.

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