Pieter Hendriks
Full names: Pieter
Date of birth: 13 Apr 1970
Place of birth: Douglas
School: Standerton
Springbok no: 559
Debut test province: Lions
Physical: 1.82m, 86.2kg
Current age: 49

Test summary: Tests: 14 Tries: 2
First Test: 15 Aug 1992 Age:22 Left Wing against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 31 Aug 1996 Age:26 Left Wing against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
15 Aug 199222Left WingNew ZealandLose: 24-27 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
22 Aug 199222Left WingAustraliaLose: 3-26 Newlands, Cape TownLions
19 Nov 199424Right WingScotlandWin: 34-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghLions
26 Nov 199424Right WingWalesWin: 20-12 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
25 May 199525Left WingAustraliaWin: 27-181 tryNewlands, Cape TownLions
30 May 199525Left WingRomaniaWin: 21-8 Newlands, Cape TownLions
03 Jun 199525Left WingCanadaWin: 20-0 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethLions
13 Jul 199626Left WingAustraliaLose: 16-211 tryAussie Stadium (SFG), SydneyLions
20 Jul 199626Left WingNew ZealandLose: 11-15 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchLions
03 Aug 199626Left WingAustraliaWin: 25-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinLions
10 Aug 199626Right WingNew ZealandLose: 18-29 Newlands, Cape TownLions
17 Aug 199626Left WingNew ZealandLose: 19-23 Kingspark, DurbanLions
24 Aug 199626Left WingNew ZealandLose: 26-33 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
31 Aug 199626Left WingNew ZealandWin: 32-22 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions

Top 50 Boks: 45 – Pieter Hendriks : SARugby.com

Hendriks was a big, powerful, no nonsense winger who preferred utilising the Maori side-step to dancing his way through opposing backlines. The long-time servant of Transvaal rugby may have only scored two tries in the Green and Gold, but his first is widely considered as one of the greatest and most significant in Springbok history.

In the opening match of the 1995 World Cup against Australia at Newlands, the often labelled ‘one-dimensional’ Hendriks came up against goose-stepping Wallaby legend David Campese. Hendriks got the ball and stepped off his right foot, leaving Campese for dead as he went over in the corner. His fist-pumping salute as rounded Campese is one of the most memorable moments of that World Cup and it gave South Africans the first glimmer of hope that their team could go on to win the World Cup on home soil.

The selection of Hendriks will come as a surprise to many. Indeed, a 14 Test career with only two tries is hardly the stuff of legend. That try against Australia, however, will live in the hearts of Springbok fans forever and sees him included in our list of top Boks.

Unfortunately, Hendriks’ World Cup came to an abrupt end a fortnight later following the infamous Battle of Boet Erasmus against Canada. Hendriks was not one of the three players ejected from the match after an all-out scuffle between the sides, but was later handed a 90-day suspension for his part in the brawl – the longest in World Cup history.

Hendriks’ 14-Test career came full circle when he made his final international appearance against the All Blacks at Ellis Park on August 31, 1996 – the very team and venue where he made his South African debut five years earlier.

Records/Honours:

  • SA Young Player of the Year nominee, 1991
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 1995