André Vos

André Neal Vos (born 9 January 1975) is a former South African rugby union player who played as a loose forward for Eastern Province (South Africa), Queensland Reds (Australia),[1] The Cats, The Lions and Harlequins (England) until his retirement in 2007.

André Vos
Birth nameAndré Neal Vos
Date of birth (1975-01-09) 9 January 1975 (age 45)
Place of birthEast London
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb; 216 lb)
SchoolSelborne College
UniversityUniversity of Port Elizabeth
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number eight
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Eastern Province
Golden Lions
Correct as of 31 August 2019
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Queensland Reds
The Cats
Correct as of 31 August 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999–2001 South Africa 33 (40)
Correct as of 31 August 2019

He also captained the Springboks.

Vos attended Selborne College in East London, South Africa (he represented Border at the 1992 Craven Week) and the then University of Port Elizabeth.

He represented South Africa at the U21 and at under 23 level.

He made his senior provincial debut for Eastern Province (then coached by Alex Wyllie) in 1995, and played 35 matches for that province in 1995 and 1996.

He played for the Golden Lions in 1997.

In 1998 he wore the Queensland Reds' jersey in the Super 12[1] earning 11 full caps for the Australian franchise.[1]

He returned to South African shores in 1998 to play for the Cats in the Super 12 and for the Golden Lions in the South African Currie Cup.

He made his international debut against Italy in Port Elizabeth on 12 June 1999 as a replacement. The final score was 74-3 in favour of the Springboks. He was in the starting 15 for the next match in Durban. He was in and out of the starting 15 for the next eight test matches, starting in only three.

After the IRB Rugby World Cup in 1999 he took over the captaincy of South Africa from Joost van der Westhuizen.[2]

He went on to earn 33 test caps for South Africa (6 as substitute), 16 as captain.[2] He scored 5 tries for South Africa. His international career record is: played 33, won 18, drew 1, lost 14.

Vos retired from international rugby in 2002, saying, "Physically I am no longer up to Springbok rugby."[2]

He captained the Harlequins for three years until he resigned at the end of the 2005/6 season, when Paul Volley took over.

He was able to obtain a free transfer to England, as his English-born wife Caroline holds a British passport.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Queensland Rugby Union - 1998 Annual Report". Queensland Rugby Union. December 1998. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Vos quits Springboks". South Wales Echo. Cardiff. 25 February 2002. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  3. ^ Chris Jones (13 May 2002). "Vos gives up on Cup and joins Quins". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 September 2011.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joost van der Westhuizen
Springbok Captain
1999 - 2001
Succeeded by
Bobby Skinstad