John Philip "Bakkies" Botha
, (born 22 September 1979 in Newcastle
, KwaZulu-Natal Province
) is a South African rugby union
player who plays lock
for the Springboks
. He also plays for the Blue Bulls
provincial team in the Currie Cup
competition and for the Bulls Super Rugby
team. He will join French Top 14
for the 2011/12 season on a 3 year deal.
Botha played for the under-19 and under-23 Springbok sides before being chosen for the South African "A" team that toured Europe at the end of 2001. The following year he was selected for the Springbok team and made his debut against France
on 9 September 2002, a game the Springboks went on to lose 30–10.
He led the Bulls out to their 2006 Super 14
semi-final against the Crusaders
for his 50th game.
In September 2006, media reports emerged in South Africa that Botha had been offered two million rand
(roughly 275,000 US dollars) a year to sign a new deal with the Sharks
, which would make him the highest-paid player in South African rugby., Planet Rugby
, 17 September 2006.
Through the years a formidable partnership has formed between Botha and Blue Bulls teammate Victor Matfield
. Botha is known as one of the "hardest" locks in world rugby. He is also known as "The Enforcer". He... Read More