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Mzwandile Wanky Stick (born 5 October 1984 in Port Elizabeth) is a former South African rugby union player and currently the backline coach for the South African national rugby union team.

Mzwandile Stick
Full nameMzwandile Wanky Stick
Date of birth (1984-10-05) 5 October 1984 (age 35)
Place of birthPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb; 13 st 10 lb)
SchoolNewell High School, Port Elizabeth
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Current team Eastern Province Kings
Youth Career
2002–2003 Mighty Elephants
2004 Sharks
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003 Mighty Elephants ()
2004–2007 Sharks ()
2005 Sharks 0 (0)
2007 Mighty Elephants 4 (0)
2010–2011 Eastern Province Kings 14 (14)
Correct as of 25 June 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2009 South Africa Sevens (855)
2005 South Africa Under-21
2011 South African Kings 3 (7)
Correct as of 25 June 2013
Teams coached
Years Team
2013 Eastern Province U21
2014–2015 Eastern Province Kings
(Vodacom Cup head coach)
2014–2015 Eastern Province U19
(head coach)
2016 Southern Kings
2016–present South Africa

Playing careerEdit

He captained the South Africa sevens team during the 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series, which saw the team win the series title for the first time. His favoured position was full-back. He came off the bench for a Southern Kings XV against British and Irish Lions during the 2009 tour to South Africa.

He was named in the Southern Kings wider training squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season, but was subsequently released to the Vodacom Cup squad.[1]


He was named the Under-21 Assistant Coach in 2013.[2] He became the head coach of the Eastern Province U19 team and their Vodacom Cup team for 2014 and 2015, guiding the Under-19s to their first ever Under-19 Provincial Championship title in 2015.[3]

In December 2015, he was appointed as the backline coach of the Southern Kings Super Rugby team for the 2016 Super Rugby season,[4] and joined the South Africa national rugby union team in the same capacity in April 2016.[5]


  1. ^ Green, Michael (7 January 2013). "Kings het geen plek vir Tiger". Beeld (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Eastern Province Kings Player Profile Mzwandile Stick". Eastern Province Kings. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  3. ^ "WP young guns, EP clinch junior titles". South African Rugby Union. 25 October 2015. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby unveils Southern Kings management team and operational plan" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Experienced Springbok Team Management confirmed". South African Rugby Union. 12 April 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.

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