Jakobus Johannes "Kobus" Wiese (born 16 May 1964) is a former South African rugby union player who played at lock for the South Africa national rugby union team between 1993 and 1996. He was a specialist number 2 jumper in the lineout, and rampant in the tight loose and loose.(Sports Deck trading card 1994 issue, card no 08)

Kobus Wiese
Birth nameJakobus Johannes Wiese
Date of birth (1964-05-16) 16 May 1964 (age 55)
Place of birthPaarl, South Africa
Height1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight125 kg (19 st 10 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1988 - 1996 Golden Lions 135 (105)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1993 - 1996 South Africa 18 (5)
Official website


He played in the South African provincial Currie Cup for the Golden Lions (formerly known as "Transvaal"), in what is considered the strongest side ever fielded by the province. The 1993 side won the Super 10, Lion Cup and Currie Cup.(Edward Griffiths, 1997. "Kitch - Triumph of a Decent Man". CAB publishers. Cape Town. p 57)

Wiese made his debut for the Springboks in the first test against France in 1993, which ended in a 20-all draw. He lost his test place after this, returning against Samoa before the 1995 World Cup.

He was part of the winning squad of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

He received a three match ban for punching and knocking unconscious Derwyn Jones of Wales in the 40-11 win in 1995. Jones was a major line out threat and was rendered unconscious by a punch from behind in the fourth minute of the match. Kobus scored a try in a match but received a 30-day ban and a 50,000 Rand fine.[2][3]

He is now owner of a chain of cafés and CEO of a coffee-roasting factory in Johannesburg, as well as a consultant and TV sports presenter.[4]


Province and clubEdit


He played his first test for the Springboks on 26 June 1993 against France (drew 20-20). He won his last cap for the Springboks on 15 December 1996 against Wales (won 37-20). Wiese has a unique distinction as he never played in a losing Springbok side when he made the first XV.



With the SpringboksEdit

  • 18 caps (15 won, 1 draw, 2 losses)
  • 1 try (5 points)
  • Selections by season : 1 in 1993, 9 in 1995, 8 in 1996.

World CupEdit


  1. ^ The club was named Transvaal until 1996


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Kobus Wiese". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ Cole, Robert (4 September 1995). "Wiese to pay the price of ill discipline". The Independent. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0gDO0txxvQ
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkEPxpS6jRs

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