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Malcolm Justin Marx (born (1994-07-13)13 July 1994 in Germiston) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team, the Lions in Super Rugby, the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and the Golden Lions XV in the Rugby Challenge.[1] His regular position is hooker, but he did play as a flanker at youth level for the Golden Lions.

Malcolm Marx
Full nameMalcolm Justin Marx
Date of birth (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 25)
Place of birthGermiston, South Africa
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb; 251 lb)
SchoolKing Edward VII School
UniversityUniversity of Johannesburg
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Lions / Golden Lions / Golden Lions XV
Youth Career
2007–2015 Golden Lions
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 UJ 8 (20)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2018 Golden Lions XV 13 (10)
2014–2017 Golden Lions 17 (5)
2014–present Lions 68 (150)
Correct as of 8 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 S.A. Academy
2012 South Africa Schools 2 (0)
2014 South Africa Under-20 1 (5)
2016 South Africa 'A' 2 (0)
2016–present South Africa (test) 33 (25)
2016 Springbok XV 1 (0)
Correct as of 3 November 2019

Youth and Varsity rugbyEdit

Marx represented the Golden Lions at several youth tournaments. He played for them at the 2007 Under-13 Craven Week competition and the 2010 Under-16 Grant Khomo Week competition.

He was included in a South Africa Academy side in 2011[2] and, following the 2012 Under-18 Craven Week competition, he was named in the South Africa Schools side[3] and played against France[4] and England[5] in August 2012.

In 2013, he played for UJ in the 2013 Varsity Cup competition, making eight appearances and scoring four tries.[6]

He was also a regular for the Golden Lions U19 side during the 2013 Under-19 Provincial Championship competition. He made thirteen appearances in total, scoring four tries – one of them in the final against the Blue Bulls U19.[7] He was also named as the Golden Lions U19 Forward of the Year for his displays.[8]

He was included in the South Africa Under-20 side for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship.[9]

Golden Lions / LionsEdit

Marx made his senior debut for the Golden Lions in the 2014 Vodacom Cup by starting in their 18–16 opening day victory over the Leopards in Potchefstroom.[10]

He was also included in the Lions Super Rugby squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season.[11]

After a stellar 2017 for the Lions, Marx picked up a number of awards for the Lions including Super Rugby Player of the Year, Supporters Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and Most Valued Player of the Year. [12] Marx continued this form into the 2018 Super Rugby season, finishing the competition as the Lions' top try-scorer of the year and he is now the join top try scorer (27) in Lions history, a record he shares with current team mates Courtnall Skosan and Lionel Mapoe.

South Africa 'A'Edit

In 2016, Marx was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[13] He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein,[14] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.[15] He then started the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George.[16]

SpringboksEdit

2016-2017Edit

Marx was first selected for the Springboks for the 2016 Rugby Championship, making three appearances for his country during 2016. Marx made his debut for the Springboks on 17 September 2016, the same date as team mate Francois Louw's 50th test. Marx replaced Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss in the 43rd minute, but had a disappointing debut, with South Africa losing to New Zealand 13-41. Marx earned his first start for the Springboks on 5 November 2016, putting a 51-minute performance into a 31-31 draw against the Barbarians Club, prior to being replaced by Bongi Mbonambi.

After a series of outstanding performances for the Lions, Marx became a regular starter for South Africa in 2017. On 10 June 2017, he was named man of the match for his performance in the first of three tests against the French.[17] Although his performance against New Zealand in the third round of the 2017 Rugby Championship was highly criticised, Marx performed to a world-class level throughout most of the competition and played in every test of the competition, with South Africa finishing in third place. Marx was not subbed off in either test against Australia during the competition, a rare feat for a hooker, the first test of which a 23-23 draw and the second test against Australia being a 27-27 draw. Marx lost out on winning Man of the Match to Australian back Kurtley Beale on both occasions.

Marx took his international career to new heights on 7 October 2017, with his performance against New Zealand becoming much-talked about and publicised, arguably his best individual performance to date. The performances of Marx, as well as fellow forwards Steven Kitshoff and newly-appointed Springbok Captain Eben Etzebeth allowed South Africa to compete well against the All Blacks, with Marx making four turnovers and many tackles on defence, also setting up replacement loose forward Jean-Luc du Preez for a try and scoring the final try of the game. Marx's try was converted by Lions teammate Elton Jantjies to make the final score a narrow 24-25 loss to the All Blacks. Marx completed his 2017 rugby season by appearing in three of the four Springbok tests during the 2017 end-of-year rugby union internationals.

In 2017 Marx scooped a number of awards, he was voted SA Rugby Player of the Year and SA Rugby Young Player of the Year. He was also voted South African Super Rugby Player of the Tournament. [18]

2019 Rugby World CupEdit

Marx was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[19] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Malcolm Marx". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Schools and SA Academy Teams Announced". Rugby15. 16 July 2011. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "SA schools side named". Sport24. 9 August 2012. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 17-7 France". South African Rugby Union. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 36-29 England". South African Rugby Union. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2013 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Rising stars in action as Vodacom Cup kicks off – Round 1 Preview". South African Rugby Union. 5 March 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  8. ^ "6 Honoured at Golden Lions Rugby Union Awards". High School Sports Magazine. 5 December 2013. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Junior Springboks named for JWC 2014". South African Rugby Union. 22 April 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards XV 16-18 Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Lions name Super Rugby squad". SuperSport. 11 February 2014. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Lions 2017 Awards". www.timeslive.co.za. Archived from the original on 7 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Ackermann to coach SA 'A' against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Youth and experience for SA 'A' opener against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Boks score emphatic win". Supersport. Archived from the original on 13 May 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Marx the big winner at SA Rugby awards". Sport24. Archived from the original on 26 March 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  19. ^ "South Africa World Cup squad: Siya Kolisi wins fitness battle, Eben Etzebeth backed, Aphiwe Dyantyi dropped". Independent. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  20. ^ "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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