Jacques Olivier
Full names: Jacques
Date of birth: 13 Nov 1968
Place of birth: Pretoria
School: Menlopark, Pretoria
Springbok no: 570
Debut test province: Blue Bulls
Physical: 1.8m, 88kg
Current age: 55

Test summary: Tests: 17 Tries: 3
First Test: 17 Oct 1992 Age:23 Left Wing against France at Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Last Test: 15 Dec 1996 Age:28 Left Wing against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff
Test history:
17 Oct 199223Left WingFranceWin: 20-15 Stade de Gerland, LyonBlue Bulls
24 Oct 199223Left WingFranceLose: 16-29 Parc des Princes, ParisBlue Bulls
14 Nov 199224Left WingEnglandLose: 16-33 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
26 Jun 199324Left WingFranceDraw: 20-20 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
03 Jul 199324Left WingFranceLose: 17-18 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
31 Jul 199324Left WingAustraliaWin: 19-12 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyBlue Bulls
14 Aug 199324Left WingAustraliaLose: 20-281 tryBallymore, BrisbaneBlue Bulls
21 Aug 199324Left WingAustraliaLose: 12-19 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyBlue Bulls
06 Nov 199324Left WingArgentinaWin: 29-26 Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresBlue Bulls
02 Sep 199526Left WingWalesWin: 40-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
12 Nov 199526ReserveItalyWin: 40-21 Olympic Stadium, RomeBlue Bulls
18 Nov 199527Right WingEnglandWin: 24-14 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
09 Nov 199627Left WingArgentinaWin: 46-15 Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresBlue Bulls
16 Nov 199628Left WingArgentinaWin: 44-211 tryFerrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresBlue Bulls
30 Nov 199628Left WingFranceWin: 22-12 Stade Municipal, BordeauxBlue Bulls
07 Dec 199628Left WingFranceWin: 13-12 Parc des Princes, ParisBlue Bulls
15 Dec 199628Left WingWalesWin: 37-201 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBlue Bulls

Olivier calls it a day : Philip de Bruin


Jacques Olivier, the former Springbok and current Pumas stalwart has decided not to even hang up his boots but to send them so far away that he would never see them again.

"I'm finished, finished, finished. So much so, that I'm going to bronze my boots so that I never have to put my feet in them again. Some time ago I watched a video of one of the matches and when I saw myself with my terrible bald patch, I said to myself that bald guy does not belong on a rugby field."

However the baldness is not truly the reason why the popular Olivier (34) decided to give up rugby.

"Three weeks ago I fell off a wall and injured my knee for the umpteenth time. When I had to leave the field during the match between the Pumas and the Falcons with an injured knee the week after that and the doctor told me I needed to have an operation, I decided that was it."

Although Olivier played 22 Tests and 50 matches in the Bok jersey at centre or on the wing and had people talking with his exhilarating and powerful runs, he managed only one try.

"If you have to ask me which Springbok try I remember the best, I unfortunately would have to answer that it is my only Springbok try! And a handicapped person could have scored that try to boot."

Olivier's rugby career began at the Hoƫrskool Menlo Park in Pretoria and almost ended there too.

"I played no rugby in the army. When I arrived at Tukkies a wing withdrew from the sixth team and I was sent on as an emergency replacement. Within a year I was playing for the then Northern Transvaal."

He became a Blue Bull in 1991 and a Springbok in 1992. "I still have a lot of feeling for the Bulls, but these days I'm ashamed of them," Olivier said.

Looking back at his career he admits that "everything was more due to luck than to wisdom".

Olivier plans to concentrate on his various business interests from here on and although Tuks asked him to coach their second team, he says he will have to think about that for a long time yet.