Stefan Terblanche

Carl Stefan Terblanche (born 2 July 1975, in Mossel Bay) is a South African former rugby union player. He played wing, centre and fullback.

Stefan Terblanche
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Birth nameCarl Stefan Terblanche
Date of birth (1975-07-02) 2 July 1975 (age 47)
Place of birthMossel Bay, South Africa
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
SchoolSwellendam High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback / Wing / Centre
Youth career
  Boland Cavaliers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)

Boland Cavaliers
Sharks (Currie Cup)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–11 Sharks 122 (175)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998–2003 South Africa 37 (95)


Terblanche played in 37 tests for South Africa, scoring 19 tries, including a South African test record of four tries (equalled with Chester Williams and Pieter Rossouw) on debut against Ireland at Bloemfontein on 13 June 1998,[1] which he later bettered by scoring a then record five tries against Italy on 19 June 1999.

Terblanche started his career under the tutelage of Nick Mallet at the Boland Cavaliers (66 caps). He made his debut in 1999 for the Sharks and played for the Ospreys in Wales. Terblanche moved back to the Sharks for the 2007 Currie Cup season in South Africa. He played his return game for the Durban-based franchise at Fullback and scored two tries and claimed man of the match in the Shark's 32–16 defeat over Western Province, the team who has won the Currie Cup title a record 32 times. This was also his 100th match played for the Sharks.

He is known as a great finisher—his test try per match ratio of 0.51 is among the highest in Springbok history and is significantly better than those of players like Carel du Plessis (0.33), Breyton Paulse (0.4) and Jean de Villiers (0.4), on par with current stars Jaque Fourie (0.5), Bryan Habana (0.54) and old legend Pieter Rossouw (0.48) but short of Ray Mordt (0.66 or two tries in every three tests), and Danie Gerber's (0.79) incredible scoring records. On 3 October 2007 it was announced that Terblanche had re-signed for the Sharks on a one-year contract. In 2010, Terblanche was appointed captain of the Sharks. In that same year he led them to victory in the Currie Cup final, with the Sharks beating Western Province 30–10.

On 1 November 2011 he signed a 3-month contract with Ulster rugby to provide cover for Jared Payne, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in the PRO12 match against Treviso on 7 October.

National & International RepresentationEdit

Other AchievementsEdit

  • Holds Boland Cavaliers record for most tries in a season (20 in 1997)
  • Holds Boland Cavaliers record for career tries (49)
  • Equal top try scorer in 1998 Super 12 with 10 tries.
  • Tri-Nations winner with South Africa 1998
  • Member of Ospreys squad winning the 2006–07 Celtic League
  • Currie Cup winner with Sharks 2008
  • Currie Cup winner with Sharks 2010


  1. ^ Bishop, John (5 August 2012). Talking Balls: A collection of light-hearted writings about sport. Penguin Random House South Africa. ISBN 978-1-77022-292-2.

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