Francois Pienaar

Francois Pienaar

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Jacobus Francois Pienaar (born 2 January 1967) is a former rugby player who captained and played flanker for the South African Springboks national rugby union team from 26 June 1993 until 10 August 1996. He won 29 Test caps (all of them as captain) and led the Springboks to victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Pienaar was preceded as captain by Jannie Breedt, and succeeded by Gary Teichmann. (Tiaan Strauss and Adriaan Richter each served as captain for a single match during Pienaar's tenure.) The Barbarians FC website listed Pienaar on their honour roll, a list of 16 players who had the most impact on the famous invitational Barbarians team.

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PienaarThe progenitor of the Pienaar name in South Africa was a French Huguenot named Jacques Pinard. The spelling was localized as a result of maintaining the French pronunciation. SOURCE: Lugan, Bernard (1996). - Ces Fran├žais qui ont fait l'Afrique du Sud. (Translation: The French People Who Made South Africa). - ISBN 9782841000869. was born in Vereeniging, South Africa into a working-class Afrikaner family, the eldest of four boys. After completing high school in Witbank, he won an athletic scholarship to the Rand Afrikaans University, where he studied law.

He made his provincial debut for Transvaal Province in 1989 before being selected for the Springbok squad in 1993. He was appointed Springbok captain from his very first test and remained captain until his very last, and remains one of the...
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