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Andries Thomas "Andre" Markgraaff (born 23 December 1956)[1] was a South African rugby union lock. He matriculated at Diamantveld High School[2] He was also a controversial national coach, who resigned after he was taped referring to "fucking kaffirs".[3][4] He was selected for the South African team in 1986 against the Cavaliers but as an unused substitute. Markgraaff also represented Western Transvaal, Western Province, Griqualand West and the then South West Africa[5] in 20 games. He captained the South African Barbarians on a tour to Europe and the Junior Springboks.

Andre Markgraaff
President of Griqualand West Rugby Union
In office
Preceded byBauser, R.S.
Succeeded bySmith, T.
Birth nameAndries Thomas Markgraaff
Date of birth (1956-12-23) 23 December 1956 (age 62)
SchoolDiamantveld High School
UniversityPotchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Western Transvaal ()
Western Province ()
Griqualand West ()
South West Africa ()
Teams coached
Years Team
Griqualand West

In 1988, he became coach of Griqualand West. He became president of Griquas in 1991.[5]

In 1996, Markgraaff was appointed as the Springbok rugby coach.

In 1997 Markgraaff was forced to quit after his controversial racial statements,[6] when he referred to a black senior rugby administrator Mluleki George as a "kaffir".[7] In his apology, Markgraaff said

"I'm not making any excuses. I was very emotional at the time. I apologise to the black people of this country and to the whites for causing them embarrassment."[4]

During his short reign the Springboks won eight and lost five tests.

In 1998, Markgraaff took the Griquas to victory in the Vodacom Cup and then to the semifinals of the Currie Cup.[8] He also coached the Cats in Super Rugby and was a founder of the PUK Rugby Institute.

Markgraaff made a comeback in rugby administration and was the Deputy President of SARFU and the convener of SARFU's technical committee.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Andre Markgraaff rugby profile
  2. ^ "School profile Diamantveld". Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  3. ^ Black, David Ross; Nauright, John (1998). Rugby and the South African Nation: Sport, Cultures, Politics, and Power in the Old and New South Africas. ISBN 9780719049323.
  4. ^ a b "SA rugby coach quits over racist outburst". The Independent. 1997-02-19. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-03-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ South Africa colour future without Jake White Times Online, 21 October 2007
  7. ^ "US". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  8. ^ Griquas and Cheetahs meet in pick of the Currie Cup action, 20 July 2005
Sporting positions
Preceded by
 Kitch Christie
South Africa National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
 Carel du Plessis