Uli Schmidt

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Uli Schmidt
Birth nameUlrich Louis Schmidt
Date of birth (1961-07-10) 10 July 1961 (age 58)
Place of birthPretoria, South Africa
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight93 kg (205 lb; 14 st 9 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd
UniversityUniversity of Pretoria
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1986–1992
1992–1994
Blue Bulls
Transvaal
()
Correct as of 11 August 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1986–1994 South Africa 17 (9)
Correct as of 11 August 2014

Ulrich Louis Schmidt (also known as Uli Schmidt) (born 10 July 1961 in Pretoria, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union footballer. His usual position was at hooker, where he played for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup, and later the Golden Lions, as well as the national team, the Springboks. He later became a Springbok team doctor.

Schmidt made his international debut for the Springboks as a 24-year-old on 10 May 1986 in a test against the NZ Cavaliers, which the Springboks won 21 to 15 at Newlands. He played in three subsequent tests against the New Zealand side throughout that May as well. The next time he would be capped for the national side would be in 1989, when he played in two tests against a World Invitation side, both of which the Springboks won.

He was capped twice in 1992, playing at hooker in a test against the All Blacks, which the Springboks lost 24 to 27, as well as a test against the Wallabies, which South Africa also lost, 3 to 26. He was capped five times for South Africa in the subsequent season, playing two tests against France and a three test series against the Wallabies in Australia. He earned four caps in 1994, the year in which he played his last test for South Africa on 26 November at Cardiff Arms Park, in a victory over Wales.

On the field, he was known for rough, even violent play.[1][2]

He moved to Australia in 2006 with his wife and three daughters. He currently lives and works on the NSW Central Coast. He is a qualified medical doctor.

He also did commentary for Supersport.

Accolades[edit]

In 2000 he was inducted into the University of Pretoria Sport Hall of fame.[3]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Brink, André (1998). Reinventing a continent : writing and politics in South Africa. Cambridge MS: Zoland Books. p. 225. ISBN 9780944072899. South Africa's greatest rugby heroes — Jaap Bekker, Mannetjies Roux, Uli Schmidt and their ilk — tended to be those known to instil terror in their opponents through the violence of their dirty tricks.
  2. ^ "Editorial". Financial Mail. 1987. Retrieved 11 March 2014. They have just done the game another disservice by refusing to act against the truculent Uli Schmidt — imagine trying to pull a player out of a maul by his hair!
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Hall of fame Retrieved 25 June 2011