Jannie de Beer
Full names: Jan Hendrik
Date of birth: 22 Apr 1971
Place of birth: Welkom
School: Wessel Maree
Springbok no: 653
Debut test province: Cheetahs
Physical: 1.82m, 86.6kg
Current age: 53

Test summary: Tests: 13 Tries: 2
First Test: 5 Jul 1997 Age:26 Flyhalf against Britain at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 30 Oct 1999 Age:28 Flyhalf against Australia at Twickenham, London
Test history:
05 Jul 199726FlyhalfBritainWin: 35-162 conversions, 3 penaltiesEllispark, JohannesburgCheetahs
19 Jul 199726FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 32-352 conversions, 4 penalties, 2 dropgoalsEllispark, JohannesburgCheetahs
02 Aug 199726FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 20-321 try, 1 conversion, 1 penaltySuncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneCheetahs
09 Aug 199726FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 35-553 conversionsEden Park, AucklandCheetahs
23 Aug 199726FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 61-221 try, 6 conversions, 3 penaltiesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaCheetahs
22 Nov 199726ReserveFranceWin: 52-10 Parc des Princes, ParisCheetahs
06 Dec 199726FlyhalfScotlandWin: 68-101 conversionMurrayfield, EdinburghCheetahs
14 Aug 199928FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 10-91 conversion, 1 penaltyNewlands, Cape TownCheetahs
03 Oct 199928FlyhalfScotlandWin: 46-295 conversions, 2 penaltiesMurrayfield, EdinburghCheetahs
10 Oct 199928FlyhalfSpainWin: 47-36 conversionsMurrayfield, EdinburghCheetahs
15 Oct 199928FlyhalfUruguayWin: 39-34 conversions, 2 penaltiesHampden Park, GlasgowCheetahs
24 Oct 199928FlyhalfEnglandWin: 44-212 conversions, 5 penalties, 5 dropgoalsStade de France, ParisCheetahs
30 Oct 199928FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 21-276 penalties, 1 dropgoalTwickenham, LondonCheetahs

Top 50 Boks: 40 – Jannie de Beer : SARugby.com

Known as a kicking flyhalf, De Beer was brought into the Springbok starting line-up for the third Test against the British & Irish Lions on July 5, 1997 after Henry Honiball’s running game proved ineffective in the first two Tests. The tactical change paid off as De Beer kicked three penalties and two conversions to help the Springboks avoid a series whitewash with a 35-16 win.

De Beer won 13 Tests for South Africa as he spent the majority of his international career behind Honiball in the pecking order. However, when the legendary Sharks pivot sustained an injury in the 1999 World Cup, De Beer was promoted to the starting line-up for the crunch quarter-final clash against England.

It was in this match at Stade de France where De Beer kicked himself into history. De Beer famously slotted a world record five drop goals and kicked a further five penalties and two conversions for a then Springbok record personal tally of 34 points as South Africa secured a 44-21 win to advance to the semi-finals where they took on Australia.

De Beer repeated the tactic against the Wallabies but only succeeded with one of numerous drop goal attempts. Still, De Beer kept his composure and kicked a last minute penalty to level the scores and force extra time. Stephen Larkham’s long-range drop goal ultimately won the match for Australia 27-21 after De Beer had scored all of South Africa’s points. It proved to be De Beer’s last appearance in the Green and Gold.

De Beer was only 19 when he made his provincial debut for the Cheetahs. He also represented the Junior Springboks, SA Barbarians, Cats, Bulls, London Scottish and Saracens.


  • SA Young Player of the Year nominee, 1992
  • World record holder for most drop goals in a Test - 5