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Lappies Labuschagné

Pieter Hermias Cornelius 'Lappies' Labuschagné (Japanese ピーター・ハーミアス・コーネリアス "ラピース"・ラブスカフニ; Pītā Hāmiasu Kōneriasu "Rapīsu" Rabusukafuni; born 11 January 1989) is a South African-born Japanese international rugby union footballer who regularly plays as a flanker. He currently plays in the Japanese Top League with Kubota Spears and is currently playing for the Sunwolves.

Lappies Labuschagné
Full namePieter Hermias Cornelius Labuschagné
Date of birth (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 30)
Place of birthPretoria, South Africa
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Weight107 kg (16 st 12 lb; 236 lb)
SchoolGrey College, Bloemfontein
UniversityUniversity of the Free State
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flank
Current team Kubota Spears
Youth Career
2007–2010 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2012 UFS Shimlas 15 (5)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2014 Free State Cheetahs 44 (55)
2011 Emerging Cheetahs 1 (0)
2012 Free State XV 2 (0)
2012–2014 Cheetahs 27 (10)
2015–2016 Bulls 22 (25)
2015–2016 Blue Bulls 11 (10)
2016–present Kubota Spears 35 (5)
2018–present Sunwolves 7 (5)
Correct as of 2 February 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2019– Japan 3 (5)


Labuschagné represented the Bulls in Super Rugby and previously played with the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup.[1] He has also previously captained the UFS Shimlas in the Varsity Cup.[2]

Labuschagné moved to the Japanese Top League prior to the 2016–17 season, signing with the Kubota Spears.[3]


Labuschagné was called up to the South Africa squad for the 2013 mid-year rugby union tests against Italy, Scotland and Samoa, but he didn't feature in any of the matches for Springboks.[4]

In 2019, he debuted for Japan. He represented Japan at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and captained them in their Pool A victory over Ireland.


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Lappies Labuschagné". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Shimlas have the need for speed". Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  3. ^ 2016年度クボタスピアーズ 新入団選手(追加)のお知らせ [2016 Kubota Spears – Announcement of new joining players (additional)] (Press release). Kubota Spears. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ "New faces in Springbok squad". Sport 24. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.

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