Jozua Francois Malherbe (born 14 March 1991) is a South African rugby union player. He plays as a tighthead prop for the South Africa national team and the Stormers in Super Rugby.[1][2][3][4]

Frans Malherbe
Full nameJozua Francois Malherbe
Date of birth (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 28)
Place of birthBredasdorp, South Africa
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight125 kg (276 lb; 19 st 10 lb)
SchoolPaarl Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Tighthead prop
Current team Stormers
Youth career
2007–2012 Western Province
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2018 Western Province 36 (0)
2011–present Stormers 98 (15)
Correct as of 7 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–present South Africa 38 (5)
Correct as of 3 November 2019

Early lifeEdit

Malherbe attended Paarl Boys' High School, where he also captained the First Rugby team to victory in Interschools in his Matric year.[5]

CareerEdit

Malherbe made both his senior Western Province and Stormers debuts in 2011, however it was the following year when he fully cemented his place in both sides.[1][2] He played in every Stormers match during the 2012 Super Rugby season and only missed one match in Western Province's successful 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division campaign when he provided injury cover for South Africa squad on their tour of Australasia.[2] He was a starter as Province upset the Sharks 25–18 in Durban to become a Currie Cup winner at the age of 21.[6]

2013 saw his reputation grow and he retained his position as the Stormers first-choice tighthead ahead of the more experienced Pat Cilliers who had joined the franchise from the Lions. He made 11 appearances during the 2013 Super Rugby season before an injury ended his campaign and forced him to miss the majority of the 2013 Currie Cup season.[1][7] He made his comeback towards the back end of the campaign making 4 appearances from the bench and helping Province reach their second successive Currie Cup final.[4]

InternationalEdit

Malherbe had been involved in several South Africa squads since the appointment of Heyneke Meyer as head coach in 2012 without making any appearances. An injury to Jannie du Plessis meant he finally made his test debut on 9 November 2013 against Wales in Cardiff.[8] He acquitted himself well despite facing the hugely experienced Gethin Jenkins on the other side of the scrum.[9] He retained his place for the following week's match against Scotland in Edinburgh, however an injury just before half time saw him withdrawn and his tour ended prematurely.[10]

Malherbe was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[11] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.[12] Cornerstone of the Bok frontrow that destroyed the England scrum.

StatisticsEdit

Test Match RecordEdit

As of 3 November 2019
Against P W D L Tri Pts %Won
  Argentina 7 6 0 1 0 0 85.71
  Australia 3 1 0 2 0 0 33.33
  Canada 1 1 0 0 1 5 100
  England 4 2 0 2 0 0 50
  France 3 3 0 0 0 0 100
  Ireland 3 2 0 1 0 0 66.67
  Italy 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
  Japan 2 2 0 0 0 0 100
  Namibia 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
  New Zealand 5 1 1 3 0 0 20
  Samoa 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
  Scotland 3 3 0 0 0 0 100
  United States 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
  Wales 4 3 0 1 0 0 75
Total 38 27 1 10 1 5 71.05

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Pts = Points Scored

Super Rugby StatisticsEdit

As of 21 June 2015
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2011 Stormers 4 0 4 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Stormers 17 6 11 693 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013 Stormers 11 8 3 548 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Stormers 9 9 0 607 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
2015 Stormers 13 8 5 598 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 54 31 23 2498 2 0 0 0 10 1 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Frans Malherbe Western Province Player Profile". WP Rugby. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Frans Malherbe Stormers Player Profile". Stormers. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Frans Malherbe". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Frans Malherbe itsrugby.co.uk Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Paarl off to a flyer". Keo Rugby. 31 March 2009. Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – The Sharks 18-25 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Injury Concerns for Stormers". IOL. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Wales 15-24 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Preview Wales v Boks". sarugby.com. 8 November 2013. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Scotland vs South Africa 17 November 2013". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  11. ^ "South Africa World Cup squad: Siya Kolisi wins fitness battle, Eben Etzebeth backed, Aphiwe Dyantyi dropped". Independent. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  12. ^ "England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time". BBC. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

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