Hermanus Potgieter

Hermanus Lambertus Potgieter (born 11 January 1953 in Kirkwood, Eastern Cape, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player.[1]

Hermanus Potgieter
Birth nameHermanus Lambertus Potgieter
Date of birth (1953-11-11) 11 November 1953 (age 66)
Place of birthKirkwood, Eastern Cape
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
SchoolKirkwood High School
UniversityUniversity of the Free State
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Free State
Eastern Province
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1977 South Africa 1 (4)

Playing careerEdit

Potgieter attended the University of Stellenbosch for two years in 1973 and 1974, after which he relocated to the University of the Free State.[2] He went on the play his senior provincial rugby for the Free State and Eastern Province. Potgieter made his test match debut for the Springboks against the World XV on 27 August 1977 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria and scored a try on his test debut.[3]

Test historyEdit

No. Opposition Result (SA 1st) Position Tries Date Venue
1. World XV 45–24 Wing 1 27 August 1977 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria


Potgieter was one of the five Young Players of the Year in 1975, along with Tommy du Plessis, Christo Wagenaar, De Wet Ras and Corrie Pypers. In 1977 he was one of the five players nominated for SA Rugby Player of the Year, when Moaner van Heerden received the award.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Hermanus Potgieter". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  2. ^ Craven, Daniel Hartman, 1910-1993. (1980). Die groot rugbygesin van die Maties. Kaapstad: G. & S. p. 235. ISBN 0620048794. OCLC 86067195.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Jooste, Graham K. (1995). South African rugby test players 1949-1995. Johannesburg: Penguin. p. 97. ISBN 0140250174. OCLC 36916860.