André Johan Joubert (born 15 April 1964 in Ladysmith) is a former South African rugby union player, widely known as "The Rolls-Royce of Fullbacks" for his pace, class, and seemingly effortless style. He was capped 34 times at fullback for the Springboks in the early 1990s, and amassed 115 test points from 10 tries, 17 penalties and 7 conversions.
|Birth name||André Johan Joubert|
|Date of birth||April 15, 1964|
|Place of birth||Ladysmith, South Africa|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 7 lb)|
|School||Ladysmith High School|
|University||University of the Free State|
|Rugby union career|
He made his international debut, aged 25, in 1989 against the World XV in a game the Springboks won 20-19. His final appearance in the Green and Gold came in 1997, in a 61-22 demolition of Australia, the Wallabies in Pretoria.
1995 Rugby World CupEdit
Joubert played a major role in the Springboks' success at the 1995 Rugby World Cup held in South Africa, most notably turning in an outstanding performance in the 15-12 win over the All Blacks in the final, despite playing with a broken hand. The quarterfinal almost proved to be the end of Joubert's World Cup when his hand was broken in contact with Western Samoa player George Harder. That same night he went for surgery and spent time in a decompression chamber.
Joubert was first choice fullback for the Sharks in the inaugural Super 12 competition, helping them reach the final against the Auckland Blues. The next year (1996) he was man of the match against the then Transvaal/Gauteng Lions, in the Currie Cup final as he scored two marvelous tries. Joubert won three Currie Cups: '92, '95 & 96.
He played his last competitive rugby match in the 1999 Currie Cup Final for Natal against the Gauteng Lions, a match which also saw the final appearances of Gary Teichmann and Ian McIntosh as captain and coach respectively. It was a sad farewell for three of Natal's favourite sons as the Lions lifted the cup with a convincing 32-9 victory.
He was twice (1991 and 1994) shortlisted for the South African "Player of the Year" award, eventually winning in 1996.
Apart from playing for the Springboks and Sharks he has also played for the following teams:
- List of South Africa national rugby union players – Springbok no. 557
- Richardson, James. "Rugby World Cup icons: Andre Joubert the Rolls-Royce of fullbacks". The South African. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
- "SA Rugby Player Profile – André Joubert". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 10 March 2016.