Schalk Brits

Schalk Burger Brits (born (1981-05-16)16 May 1981) is a South African former professional rugby union player who last played for the South Africa national team and the Bulls in Super Rugby. He primarily played as a hooker. He was part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning team.

Schalk Brits
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Full nameSchalk Burger Brits
Date of birth (1981-05-16) 16 May 1981 (age 39)
Place of birthEmpangeni, South Africa
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Weight100 kg (220 lb; 15 st 10 lb)
SchoolPaul Roos Gymnasium
UniversityStellenbosch University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2003 Western Province 12 (20)
2004–2005 Golden Lions 35 (55)
2005 Cats 11 (0)
2006–2009 Stormers 51 (20)
2006–2009 Western Province 28 (10)
2009–2018 Saracens 216 (185)
2011Stormers 1 (0)
2019 Bulls 11 (0)
Correct as of 11 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2019 South Africa 15 (15)
Correct as of 21 October 2019

Personal lifeEdit

Brits was born in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal and attended Stellenbosch University. He married Colinda Wijnants on 29 January 2011 in Greyton, South Africa.

Western ProvinceEdit

Brits played for the Western Province from 2002 to 2004 and rejoined the Cape franchise from 2006 to 2009.


Brits played for the Stormers for four seasons making 51 appearances for them and managing to score 20 points.


Brits made his debut for Saracens in the season opener against London Irish. He scored his first try for Saracens on 27 September 2009 against Gloucester in a 19–16 win. He scored seven tries in the 2009–10 season and played every minute in the Premiership Final against Leicester Tigers, which Saracens lost 33–27.

Brits was voted Players' Player of the year for the 2009–10 season.

In the 2010–11 grand final against Leicester, Brits won the Man of the Match award in a match that Saracens won 22–18.

On 27 June 2011, Brits moved back to his former club Stormers on a short-term loan deal. He played as a back rower for the South African side in the Super Rugby semifinal loss against the Crusaders as a replacement for Duane Vermeulen.

In January 2012, he signed a new deal with the Saracens that kept him at the club for another three seasons. This was later extended, and he remained at Saracens until the end of the 2017–18 season.

International careerEdit

Brits made his international debut against Italy in 2008. He was next called up when he was included in the Springbok squad that toured Ireland, Scotland and England during the 2012 end-of-year rugby union internationals. He came on as a substitute in the match against Scotland to earn his fourth cap.[2] He earned his fifth cap in their next match, replacing Adriaan Strauss as they beat England 16–15.[3]

Brits returned to international rugby in 2015, coming on as a substitute in South Africa's 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Argentina,[4] and was then included in South Africa's squad that participated at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[5] While he didn't feature in their 32–34 loss to Japan in their opening match,[6] he did play off the bench in their next match against Samoa, scoring a late try in a 34–16 victory.[7] He was again omitted against Scotland[8] before another appearance from the bench in a 64–0 victory over the United States.[9] He didn't feature in their 23–19 win over Wales in the quarter final,[10] their 18–20 loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals[11] or the third-place play-off against Argentina, which South Africa won 24–13 to secure the bronze medal in the competition.[12]

In 2019, Brits was selected to play for South Africa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, aged 38.[13] He was named captain in their match against Namibia, playing out of position as an eighth man, and also scored a try in the match.[14] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.[15]


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  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Scotland 10-21 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – England 15-16 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Argentina 12-26 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Nine World Cup winners in South Africa squad". Rugby World Cup. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 32-34 Japan". South African Rugby Union. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 46-6 Samoa". South African Rugby Union. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 34-16 Scotland". South African Rugby Union. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 64-0 USA". South African Rugby Union. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 23-19 Wales". South African Rugby Union. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 18-20 New Zealand". South African Rugby Union. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 24-13 Argentina". South African Rugby Union. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  13. ^ Doré, Louis (31 August 2019). "South Africa Rugby World Cup squad 2019 – in full: the 31-man Springbok line-up for Japan". Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Match 15, Pool Stage". South African Rugby Union. 28 September 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  15. ^ "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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