Joel Stransky
Full names: Joel Theodore
Date of birth: 16 Jul 1967
Place of birth: Johannesburg
Schools: Rondebosch Maritzburg College
Springbok no: 592
Debut test province: Sharks
Physical: 1.77m, 85.7kg
Current age: 56

Test summary: Tests: 22 Tries: 6
First Test: 31 Jul 1993 Age:26 Flyhalf against Australia at Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), Sydney
Last Test: 31 Aug 1996 Age:29 Reserve against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
31 Jul 199326FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 19-12 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneySharks
14 Aug 199326FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 20-281 try, 2 conversions, 2 penaltiesBallymore, BrisbaneSharks
21 Aug 199326FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 12-191 conversionSydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneySharks
06 Nov 199326FlyhalfArgentinaWin: 29-263 conversions, 1 penaltyFerrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresSharks
08 Oct 199427FlyhalfArgentinaWin: 42-221 try, 4 conversions, 3 penaltiesBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
15 Oct 199427FlyhalfArgentinaWin: 46-261 try, 4 conversions, 1 penaltyEllispark, JohannesburgWP
13 Apr 199527FlyhalfSamoaWin: 60-81 try, 1 conversionEllispark, JohannesburgWP
25 May 199527FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 27-181 try, 1 conversion, 4 penalties, 1 dropgoalNewlands, Cape TownWP
30 May 199527ReserveRomaniaWin: 21-8 Newlands, Cape TownWP
03 Jun 199527FlyhalfCanadaWin: 20-02 conversions, 2 penaltiesBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
17 Jun 199527FlyhalfFranceWin: 19-151 conversion, 4 penaltiesKingspark, DurbanWP
24 Jun 199527FlyhalfNew ZealandWin: 15-123 penalties, 2 dropgoalsEllispark, JohannesburgWP
02 Sep 199528FlyhalfWalesWin: 40-113 conversions, 3 penaltiesEllispark, JohannesburgWP
12 Nov 199528FlyhalfItalyWin: 40-214 conversions, 4 penaltiesOlympic Stadium, RomeWP
18 Nov 199528FlyhalfEnglandWin: 24-143 penaltiesTwickenham, LondonWP
02 Jul 199628ReserveFijiWin: 43-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
20 Jul 199629FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 11-152 penaltiesLancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
03 Aug 199629FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 25-191 try, 1 conversion, 6 penaltiesFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
10 Aug 199629FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 18-291 conversion, 2 penaltiesNewlands, Cape TownWP
17 Aug 199629FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 19-231 conversion, 4 penaltiesKingspark, DurbanWP
24 Aug 199629FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 26-331 conversion, 3 penaltiesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
31 Aug 199629ReserveNew ZealandWin: 32-22 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP

Top 50 Boks: 18 – Joel Stransky :

Joel Stransky won 22 Springbok Test caps but will forever be remembered for his performance in the historic 1995 World Cup final against New Zealand at Ellis Park where he scored all of South Africa’s points including a textbook drop goal late in extra time to clinch the William Web Ellis Cup for the Springboks.

Stransky also wrote his name in the history books in the opening match of the 1995 World Cup when he became the first Springbok to score all four possible ways in a Test as he scored a try, a conversion, four penalties and a drop goal to guide South Africa to a 27-18 win over defending champions, Australia.

Stransky made his Springbok bow against the Wallabies in Sydney on July 31, 1993 and scored his first international points a fortnight later with a memorable intercept try in the Test in Brisbane. He had a cunning running game, good distribution and could dictate games with his boot.

After making his first-class debut with Northern Transvaal (Blue Bulls) in 1987, he transferred to the Sharks where he won a Currie Cup medal in 1990. 1994 saw him play for Western Province before he linked up with English club Leicester Tigers in 1997.

He expressed his willingness to represent England in the 1999 World Cup as he believed he qualified through having an England-born grandfather. However, further checks revealed he had English-born great-grandparents and was therefore not eligible to represent England and subsequently retired later that year.


  • SA Young Player of the Year nominee, 1989
  • Currie Cup winner with the Sharks, 1990
  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 1990 & 1995
  • First Springbok in history to score all four possible ways in a Test, South Africa vs. Australia in Johannesburg May 25, 1995
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 1995