Tinus du Plessis

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Tinus du Plessis
Tinus du Plessis 2015 RWC.jpg
Date of birth (1984-05-20) May 20, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Windhoek, Namibia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb; 16 st 5 lb) [1]
Notable relative(s) Anton Bresler (cousin) [2]
Rugby union career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cornish Pirates
Rotherham Titans
London Wasps
London Scottish


Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011, 2015– Welwitschias 10 ((15))
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–present Namibia 48 ((35))
Correct as of 11 October 2015

Tinus du Plessis (born 20 May 1984 in Windhoek)[3] is a Namibian rugby union player and a member of the Namibia national rugby union team. He is a back-row player who plays on both flanks and at number eight.

Early life[edit]

Du Plessis attended Windhoek High School in Windhoek and is a graduate from Stellenbosch University.[4] In 2003, he attended Gisborne Boys High School and played first XV rugby in the Super 8 competition in New Zealand. He was the shot put athletics champion as well.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

He has played club rugby in Namibia for Wanderers RFC, and professionally in England for Rotherham Titans RFC. He was named Rotherham's player of the year in 2009. In December 2011 he joined London Wasps, on a deal taking him through to the end of the season.[5] Having impressed during his time at Wasps Du Plessis was awarded a two-year contract. Du Plessis signed for English Championship club London Scottish for the remainder of the 2015–2016 season.[6]

International career[edit]

He was selected for the Namibian squad to play in the 2007 Rugby World Cup where he made three appearances.[7] Having appeared in the Africa Cup in 2008 and 2009 and the RWC 2011 Qualifiers he now[when?] has 23 full international caps. He was a member of the victorious Namibia Squad that won the 2010 IRB Nations Cup which went alongside their 2009 African Cup win.

He received the Man of the Match award in a 2011 Rugby World Cup match against Wales in which his Wasps team mate Heinz Koll scored a try.[8] However Namibia lost the match 81-7.[8]


  1. ^ http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/namibia/player/31685
  2. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby/latest/anton-bresler-is-living-the-dream-at-edinburgh-1-3470809
  3. ^ Tinus du Plessis Scrum.com
  4. ^ "Changes to national rugby side for African Cup". the Namibian. 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Tinus DuPlessis: 2011/2012 Biography & Statistics - London Wasps". Wasps.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  6. ^ . London Scottish. 20 January 2016 http://www.londonscottish.com/news/4400.php#.VrowD9DX3Yg. Retrieved 9 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Namibian RWC Squad announcement". Planet Rugby. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "BBC Sport - Rugby Union - Namibian flanker Tinus du Plessis moves to Wasps". BBC News. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2012-01-17.