Pieter Rossouw
Full names: Pieter Willem Gerhard
Date of birth: 3 Dec 1971
Place of birth: Swellendam
School: Paarl Gimnasium
Springbok no: 652
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.93m, 94kg
Current age: 52

Test summary: Tests: 43 Tries: 21
First Test: 28 Jun 1997 Age:25 Left Wing against Britain at Kingspark, Durban
Last Test: 28 Jun 2003 Age:31 Left Wing against Argentina at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Test history:
28 Jun 199725Left WingBritainLose: 15-18 Kingspark, DurbanWP
05 Jul 199725Left WingBritainWin: 35-161 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
19 Jul 199725Left WingNew ZealandLose: 32-35 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
02 Aug 199725Left WingAustraliaLose: 20-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
09 Aug 199725ReserveNew ZealandLose: 35-551 tryEden Park, AucklandWP
23 Aug 199725ReserveAustraliaWin: 61-221 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
08 Nov 199725Left WingItalyWin: 62-312 triesDall'Ara Stadium, BolognaWP
15 Nov 199725Left WingFranceWin: 36-321 tryStade de Gerland, LyonWP
22 Nov 199725Left WingFranceWin: 52-104 triesParc des Princes, ParisWP
29 Nov 199725Left WingEnglandWin: 29-11 Twickenham, LondonWP
06 Dec 199726Left WingScotlandWin: 68-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
13 Jun 199826Left WingIrelandWin: 37-13 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
20 Jun 199826Left WingIrelandWin: 33-01 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
27 Jun 199826Left WingWalesWin: 96-133 triesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
04 Jul 199826Left WingEnglandWin: 18-0 Newlands, Cape TownWP
18 Jul 199826Left WingAustraliaWin: 14-13 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
25 Jul 199826Left WingNew ZealandWin: 13-31 tryAthletic Park, WellingtonWP
15 Aug 199826Left WingNew ZealandWin: 24-23 Kingspark, DurbanWP
22 Aug 199826Left WingAustraliaWin: 29-15 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
14 Nov 199826Left WingWalesWin: 28-20 Wembley, LondonWP
21 Nov 199826Left WingScotlandWin: 35-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
28 Nov 199826Left WingIrelandWin: 27-13 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
05 Dec 199827Left WingEnglandLose: 7-131 tryTwickenham, LondonWP
12 Jun 199927Left WingItalyWin: 74-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
26 Jun 199927Left WingWalesLose: 19-29 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
10 Jul 199927Left WingNew ZealandLose: 0-28 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
17 Jul 199927ReserveAustraliaLose: 6-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
07 Aug 199927Left WingNew ZealandLose: 18-34 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
14 Aug 199927Left WingAustraliaWin: 10-9 Newlands, Cape TownWP
03 Oct 199927Left WingScotlandWin: 46-29 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
15 Oct 199927Left WingUruguayWin: 39-3 Hampden Park, GlasgowWP
24 Oct 199927Left WingEnglandWin: 44-211 tryStade de France, ParisWP
30 Oct 199927Left WingAustraliaLose: 21-27 Twickenham, LondonWP
10 Jun 200028Left WingCanadaWin: 51-18 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonWP
17 Jun 200028Left WingEnglandWin: 18-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
24 Jun 200028Left WingEnglandLose: 22-27 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
29 Jul 200028Left WingAustraliaLose: 6-26 Stadium Australia, SydneyWP
12 Nov 200028ReserveArgentinaWin: 37-33 River Plate, Buenos AiresWP
19 Nov 200028Right WingIrelandWin: 28-18 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
26 Nov 200028Left WingWalesWin: 23-13 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
10 Nov 200129Left WingFranceLose: 10-201 tryStade de France, ParisWP
01 Dec 200129Right WingUSAWin: 43-201 tryRobertson Stadium, UH, HoustonWP
28 Jun 200331Left WingArgentinaWin: 26-25 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP

Top 50 Boks: 33 – Pieter Rossouw : SARugby.com

At 1.93m, Pieter Rossouw – dubbed “Slaptjips” – was one of the tallest wings in Springbok history. Ironically, his international career spanned exactly six years – he debuted against the British & Irish Lions on June 28, 1997 and played his final Test against Argentina on June 28, 2003.

During that period, he played in 43 Tests in which he scored 21 tries. The lanky speedster was known as a master of the intercept who scored several tries due to his superb vision and acceleration off the mark. His height also made him a solid player under the highball. He scored his first Springbok try in his second Test against the British & Irish Lions and earned a nomination for 1997 SA Player of the Year in his maiden international season.

Rossouw produced a number of brilliant individual performances including scoring a hat-trick against Wales and a crucial try against the All Blacks that saw the Boks record a rare win on New Zealand soil. However, his most memorable performance was against France in Paris on November 22, 1997, where he scored a then record-equalling four tries in the 52-10 drubbing.

After a nine-year stretch at Western Province, Rossouw went abroad where he linked up with London Irish in a player-coach capacity. He has since returned to South Africa and is currently the backline coach of the Bulls.


  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 1997