Wouter Johannes De Wet Ras (born 28 January 1954 in Harrismith, Free State, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player.[1]

De Wet Ras
Birth nameWouter Johannes De Wet Ras
Date of birth (1954-01-28) 28 January 1954 (age 65)
Place of birthHarrismith, Free State
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
SchoolHarrismith High School
UniversityUniversity of the Free State
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
University of the Free State ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1974–1986 Free State
(1 707)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1976–1980 South Africa 2 (-)

Playing careerEdit

Ras represented the Eastern Free State Schools team at the annual Craven Week tournament for three consecutive years from 1970 to 1972. After school Ras did his National Service in Pretoria and played for the Northern Transvaal's under-20 team. In 1974, Ras enrolled at the University of the Free State and made his senior provincial debut for Free State. He went on to play 141 first class matches for Free State and set a number of provincial records.[2]

Ras played two test matches for the Springboks, both as a replacement. His first test match was against the All Blacks in 1976 when he substituted Gerald Bosch after 35 minutes in the second half on the first test at Kings Park, Durban. His second test was in 1980 when he replaced Willie du Plessis at centre during the second half of the second test against the South American Jaguars, also at Kings Park.[3] Ras toured with the Springboks to South America in 1980 and played in three tour matches, scoring 69 points (4 tries, 25 conversions and 1 penalty goal)[4]

Test historyEdit

No. Opposition Result (SA 1st) Position Points Date Venue
1. New Zealand 16–7 Replacement 24 July 1976 Kings Park, Durban
2. South American Jaguars 18–9 Replacement 3 May 1980 Kings Park, Durban

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "De Wet Ras". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  2. ^ Van Rooyen, Quintus (1987). S.A. Rugby Writers Annual 1987. SA Rugby Writers' Society. p. 155.
  3. ^ Jooste, Graham K. (1995). South African rugby test players 1949-1995. Johannesburg: Penguin. pp. 93 & 99. ISBN 0140250174. OCLC 36916860.
  4. ^ Grieb, Eddie (2016). SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY ANNUAL 2016. Cape Town: SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY. p. 182. ISBN 0620692901. OCLC 957740131.