Ruben Jacobus Kruger (30 March 1970 – 27 January 2010)[1] was a South African rugby union player. He played as a flanker.

Ruben Kruger
Date of birth(1970-03-30)March 30, 1970
Date of deathJanuary 27, 2010(2010-01-27) (aged 39)
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight101 kg (223 lb)
Notable relative(s)Henco Venter (nephew)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Free State Cheetahs
Northern Transvaal
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1993–1999 South Africa South Africa 36 (35)


Kruger played for the South Africa national rugby union team between 1993 and 1999. In 1995, he played in the Rugby World Cup. During this tournament, he made 5 starts, and scored 1 try, in the controversial semi-final against the France national rugby union team. He also played in the 1999 World Cup.

At club level, Kruger represented the Currie Cup teams of the Free State Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls. In 1995 Ruben Kruger was named South African Rugby Football Union's player of the year. At the end of his rugby career, he became a camera salesman. He owned a Minolta franchise in Pretoria. He was portrayed in Invictus, a film about Nelson Mandela and the 1995 Springboks, by Grant Roberts.


Kruger died in Pretoria on 27 January 2010 after battling brain cancer for 10 years. He was two months short of his 40th birthday.[2]



He played his first test match for the Springboks on 6 November 1993 against Argentina (won 29-26).



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