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Pieter-Steph du Toit

Pieter Stephanus du Toit (born 20 August 1992) is a South African rugby union player. Du Toit plays as a lock or a flanker for the South Africa national team and the Stormers in Super Rugby. After winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup with South Africa, he was awarded the 2019 Men's World Rugby Player of the Year.

Pieter-Steph du Toit
Full namePieter Stephanus du Toit
Date of birth (1992-08-20) 20 August 1992 (age 27)
Place of birthCape Town, South Africa
Height2.00 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight120 kg (265 lb; 18 st 13 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Swartland, Malmesbury
Notable relative(s)Piet du Toit (grandfather),
Johan du Toit (brother)
Children1
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock / Flanker
Current team Stormers
Youth Career
2010 Boland Cavaliers
2011–2012 Sharks
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 Sharks XV 5 (5)
2012–2015 Sharks (Currie Cup) 5 (0)
2012–2015 Sharks 27 (0)
2016–present Stormers 50 (15)
Correct as of 7 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 South Africa Under-20 5 (5)
2013–present South Africa 55 (25)
2016 Springbok XV 1 (5)
Correct as of 3 November 2019

School and youth careerEdit

Du Toit went to school at Hoërskool Swartland where he played mostly in the back row.[1]

Du Toit was a member of the South Africa Under 20 team that won the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship.[2]

Senior careerEdit

In July 2013, Du Toit signed a two-year contract extension with the Sharks.[3] However, he did sign a further contract renewal and the Sharks announced his departure in October 2015.[4]

He made his Springbok Test debut versus Wales in Cardiff on 9 November 2013 at age 21.[5] Du Toit has since become a regular for the Springboks and was a part of the South African team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Du Toit came off the bench in the quarter final, where South Africa beat Wales, 23-19, at Twickenham Stadium. The following season saw Du Toit become a regular starter for South Africa, under new Head Coach, Allister Coetzee.

On 2 June 2018, Du Toit became the 60th captain of South Africa, as he led the Springboks out against Wales, losing the match 20–22. Du Toit also took part in the mid-year England series, which South Africa won.

He moved to the back row from 2019 onwards.[6]

Du Toit was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[7] South Africa won the tournament, defeating England in the final.[8] He was awarded the World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year in 2019.

AttitudeEdit

Du Toit believes the mental side of the game is very important.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Du Toit is the grandson of former Springbok prop, Piet "Spiere" du Toit and is the older brother of Johan, also a professional rugby player. The two brothers were contracted to the Sharks at the same time (in 2014 and 2015) before reuniting at the Stormers from 2017 onwards.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pieter-Steph du Toit's flank success is no fluke according to school coach".
  2. ^ "Goosen, Kitshoff, Du Toit nucleus of powerful SA U20 JWC squad". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2012. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Pieter-Steph du Toit sticks with Sharks". Sport24. Media24. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Pieter-Steph du Toit departs Cell C Sharks" (Press release). Sharks. 7 July 2015. Archived from the original on 14 December 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Pieter-Steph du Toit". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Pieter-Steph du Toit's flank success is no fluke according to school coach".
  7. ^ "South Africa World Cup squad: Siya Kolisi wins fitness battle, Eben Etzebeth backed, Aphiwe Dyantyi dropped". Independent. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  8. ^ "England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time". BBC. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  9. ^ https://springbokmagazine.com/issue-39/feature-pieter-steph-du-toit
  10. ^ "Five new faces at DHL Newlands this season" (Press release). Stormers. 13 January 2017. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Eben Etzebeth
Springbok Captain
2017
Next:
Siya Kolisi

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