Japie Mulder
Full names: Jacobus Cornelius
Date of birth: 18 Oct 1969
Place of birth: Springs
School: Hugenote, Springs
Springbok no: 617
Debut test province: Lions
Physical: 1.8m, 77.1kg
Current age: 54

Test summary: Tests: 34 Tries: 6
First Test: 23 Jul 1994 Age:24 Outside Centre against New Zealand at Athletic Park, Wellington
Last Test: 30 Jun 2001 Age:31 Inside Centre against Italy at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Test history:
23 Jul 199424Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 9-13 Athletic Park, WellingtonLions
06 Aug 199424Outside CentreNew ZealandDraw: 18-18 Eden Park, AucklandLions
19 Nov 199425Inside CentreScotlandWin: 34-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghLions
26 Nov 199425Inside CentreWalesWin: 20-12 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
13 Apr 199525Outside CentreSamoaWin: 60-8 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
25 May 199525Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 27-18 Newlands, Cape TownLions
10 Jun 199525Inside CentreSamoaWin: 42-14 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
17 Jun 199525Outside CentreFranceWin: 19-15 Kingspark, DurbanLions
24 Jun 199525Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 15-12 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
02 Sep 199525Outside CentreWalesWin: 40-111 tryEllispark, JohannesburgLions
12 Nov 199526Outside CentreItalyWin: 40-211 tryOlympic Stadium, RomeLions
18 Nov 199526Outside CentreEnglandWin: 24-14 Twickenham, LondonLions
02 Jul 199626Outside CentreFijiWin: 43-181 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
13 Jul 199626Outside CentreAustraliaLose: 16-21 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyLions
20 Jul 199626Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 11-15 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchLions
03 Aug 199626Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 25-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinLions
10 Aug 199626Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 18-291 tryNewlands, Cape TownLions
31 Aug 199626Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 32-22 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
09 Nov 199627Outside CentreArgentinaWin: 46-15 Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresLions
16 Nov 199627Outside CentreArgentinaWin: 44-211 tryFerrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresLions
30 Nov 199627Outside CentreFranceWin: 22-12 Stade Municipal, BordeauxLions
07 Dec 199627Outside CentreFranceWin: 13-12 Parc des Princes, ParisLions
15 Dec 199627Outside CentreWalesWin: 37-20 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
10 Jun 199727Outside CentreTongaWin: 74-10 Newlands, Cape TownLions
21 Jun 199727Outside CentreBritainLose: 16-25 Newlands, Cape TownLions
12 Jun 199929ReserveItalyWin: 74-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethLions
19 Jun 199929Inside CentreItalyWin: 101-0 Kingspark, DurbanLions
26 Jun 199929Inside CentreWalesLose: 19-29 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
10 Jul 199929Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 0-28 Carisbrook, DunedinLions
10 Jun 200030ReserveCanadaWin: 51-18 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonLions
08 Jul 200030Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 23-44 Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneLions
02 Dec 200031Inside CentreEnglandLose: 17-25 Twickenham, LondonLions
16 Jun 200131Inside CentreFranceLose: 23-32 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
30 Jun 200131Inside CentreItalyWin: 60-14 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethLions

Top 50 Boks: 29 – Japie Mulder : SARugby.com

Mulder’s international career spanned from 1994-2001 during which he won 34 Tests and scored six tries. He made his Springbok debut in the 13-9 defeat to the All Blacks in Wellington on July 23, 1994 and scored his first try in his third Test in the 34-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield in that year.

By 1995, he had established himself as South Africa’s first choice outside centre and formed a reliable midfield combination with Hennie le Roux. Mulder was the battering ram of the two who softened up opposing backlines with his powerful straight running.

Mulder solidified his reputation as a hard-hitting defender in the final of the 1995 World Cup when he single-handedly smashed the then deemed unstoppable giant All Black winger Jonah Lomu into touch. That bone-crushing hit would be the defining moment of Mulder’s career.

He went on to play against the British & Irish Lions in 1997 but missed out on the Springboks’ successful Tri-Nations campaign the following year as well as the 1999 World Cup. He played his final Test against Italy in Port Elizabeth on June 30, 2001, which the Boks won 60-14.

Mulder comes from a famous Eastern Transvaal rugby family. His dad, Koos, played on the wing in the ‘72 Currie Cup final, his eldest uncle Boet was a Springbok in the 65 side while the younger brother, also Japie played at centre for the Red Devils.


  • Super 10 winner with the Lions, 1993
  • Currie Cup winner with the Lions, 1993
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 1995