Mark Andrews
Full names: Mark Gregory
Date of birth: 21 Feb 1972
Place of birth: Elliot
School: Selborne College
Springbok no: 602
Debut test province: Sharks
Physical: 2m, 111.6kg
Current age: 52

Test summary: Tests: 77 Tries: 12
First Test: 11 Jun 1994 Age:22 Lock against England at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 24 Nov 2001 Age:29 Lock against England at Twickenham, London
Test history:
11 Jun 199422LockEnglandWin: 27-9 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
09 Jul 199422LockNew ZealandLose: 14-22 Carisbrook, DunedinSharks
23 Jul 199422LockNew ZealandLose: 9-13 Athletic Park, WellingtonSharks
06 Aug 199422LockNew ZealandDraw: 18-18 Eden Park, AucklandSharks
08 Oct 199422LockArgentinaWin: 42-22 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethSharks
15 Oct 199422LockArgentinaWin: 46-261 tryEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
19 Nov 199422LockScotlandWin: 34-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
26 Nov 199422LockWalesWin: 20-12 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
13 Apr 199523LockSamoaWin: 60-81 tryEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
25 May 199523LockAustraliaWin: 27-18 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
10 Jun 199523LockSamoaWin: 42-141 tryEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
17 Jun 199523EighthmanFranceWin: 19-15 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
24 Jun 199523EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 15-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
02 Sep 199523LockWalesWin: 40-11 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
12 Nov 199523LockItalyWin: 40-21 Olympic Stadium, RomeSharks
18 Nov 199523LockEnglandWin: 24-14 Twickenham, LondonSharks
02 Jul 199624LockFijiWin: 43-181 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
13 Jul 199624LockAustraliaLose: 16-21 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneySharks
20 Jul 199624LockNew ZealandLose: 11-15 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchSharks
03 Aug 199624LockAustraliaWin: 25-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
10 Aug 199624LockNew ZealandLose: 18-29 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
17 Aug 199624LockNew ZealandLose: 19-23 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
24 Aug 199624LockNew ZealandLose: 26-33 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
31 Aug 199624LockNew ZealandWin: 32-22 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
09 Nov 199624LockArgentinaWin: 46-151 tryFerrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresSharks
16 Nov 199624LockArgentinaWin: 44-21 Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresSharks
30 Nov 199624LockFranceWin: 22-12 Stade Municipal, BordeauxSharks
07 Dec 199624LockFranceWin: 13-12 Parc des Princes, ParisSharks
15 Dec 199624LockWalesWin: 37-20 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
10 Jun 199725ReserveTongaWin: 74-10 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
21 Jun 199725LockBritainLose: 16-25 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
28 Jun 199725LockBritainLose: 15-18 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
19 Jul 199725LockNew ZealandLose: 32-35 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
02 Aug 199725LockAustraliaLose: 20-321 trySuncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneSharks
09 Aug 199725LockNew ZealandLose: 35-55 Eden Park, AucklandSharks
23 Aug 199725LockAustraliaWin: 61-221 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
08 Nov 199725LockItalyWin: 62-31 Dall'Ara Stadium, BolognaSharks
15 Nov 199725LockFranceWin: 36-32 Stade de Gerland, LyonSharks
22 Nov 199725LockFranceWin: 52-10 Parc des Princes, ParisSharks
29 Nov 199725LockEnglandWin: 29-111 tryTwickenham, LondonSharks
06 Dec 199725LockScotlandWin: 68-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
13 Jun 199826LockIrelandWin: 37-131 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
20 Jun 199826LockIrelandWin: 33-0 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
27 Jun 199826LockWalesWin: 96-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
04 Jul 199826LockEnglandWin: 18-0 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
18 Jul 199826LockAustraliaWin: 14-13 Subiaco Oval, PerthSharks
25 Jul 199826LockNew ZealandWin: 13-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonSharks
15 Aug 199826LockNew ZealandWin: 24-23 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
22 Aug 199826LockAustraliaWin: 29-15 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
14 Nov 199826LockWalesWin: 28-20 Wembley, LondonSharks
21 Nov 199826LockScotlandWin: 35-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
28 Nov 199826LockIrelandWin: 27-13 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinSharks
05 Dec 199826LockEnglandLose: 7-13 Twickenham, LondonSharks
10 Jul 199927LockNew ZealandLose: 0-28 Carisbrook, DunedinSharks
07 Aug 199927ReserveNew ZealandLose: 18-34 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
14 Aug 199927ReserveAustraliaWin: 10-9 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
03 Oct 199927LockScotlandWin: 46-29 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
15 Oct 199927LockUruguayWin: 39-3 Hampden Park, GlasgowSharks
24 Oct 199927LockEnglandWin: 44-21 Stade de France, ParisSharks
30 Oct 199927LockAustraliaLose: 21-27 Twickenham, LondonSharks
04 Nov 199927LockNew ZealandWin: 22-18 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
29 Jul 200028LockAustraliaLose: 6-26 Stadium Australia, SydneySharks
19 Aug 200028LockNew ZealandWin: 46-40 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
26 Aug 200028LockAustraliaLose: 18-19 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
12 Nov 200028LockArgentinaWin: 37-331 tryRiver Plate, Buenos AiresSharks
19 Nov 200028LockIrelandWin: 28-18 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinSharks
26 Nov 200028LockWalesWin: 23-13 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
02 Dec 200028LockEnglandLose: 17-25 Twickenham, LondonSharks
16 Jun 200129LockFranceLose: 23-32 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
23 Jun 200129LockFranceWin: 20-15 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
30 Jun 200129LockItalyWin: 60-141 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethSharks
21 Jul 200129LockNew ZealandLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
28 Jul 200129LockAustraliaWin: 20-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
18 Aug 200129LockAustraliaDraw: 14-141 trySubiaco Oval, PerthSharks
25 Aug 200129LockNew ZealandLose: 15-26 Eden Park, AucklandSharks
10 Nov 200129LockFranceLose: 10-20 Stade de France, ParisSharks
24 Nov 200129LockEnglandLose: 9-29 Twickenham, LondonSharks

Top 50 Boks: 9 – Mark Andrews :

Mark Andrews won 77 Test caps for South Africa which made him the most capped forward in Springbok history. Andrews and Krynauw Otto also held the Springbok record for most Tests as a lock combination in the starting line-up. Both records have since been surpassed.

The headband donning Andrews was one of the finest lineout exponents of his generation due to his sensational athleticism and timing. He made his international debut against England in Cape Town on June 11, 1994, a match South Africa won 27-9.

He started alongside Hannes Strydom in the opening game of the 1995 World Cup and scored a try in the quarter-final clash against Samoa. Highly respected Springbok coach at the time Kitch Christie gambled by naming Andrews at No 8 for the crunch semi-final against France at Andrews’ home ground, Kings Park (Absa Stadium).

The Sharks legend did such a stellar job that he was retained at the back of the scrum for the epic final against New Zealand at Ellis Park the following week. The switch provided South Africa with three lineout options and a massive pack. Despite wearing No 8 on his back, Andrews remained the primary lineout jumper.

The experiment paid off as South Africa famously toppled the All Black 15-12 to lift the William Web Ellis trophy but it would be the last time Andrews played in the back row for the Boks. He played in 13 Tests the following year and in the first two Tests against the British & Irish Lions in 1997.

He earned a Tri-Nations winners’ medal in South Africa’s first-ever Tri-Nations triumph in 1998 and participated in his second World Cup in 1999. Andrews played two more seasons for the Boks before he bowed out from the international stage after the 29-9 defeat to England at Twickenham in November 2001.


  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 1994
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 1995
  • Currie Cup winner with the Sharks, 1995 & 1996
  • Tri-Nations winner, 1998