Bobby Skinstad
Full names: Robert Brian
Date of birth: 3 Jul 1976
Place of birth: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
School: Hilton College
Springbok no: 659
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.93m, 104.8kg
Current age: 47

Test summary: Tests: 42 Tries: 11
First Test: 29 Nov 1997 Age:21 Reserve against England at Twickenham, London
Last Test: 14 Oct 2007 Age:31 Reserve against Argentina at Stade de France, Paris
Test history:
29 Nov 199721ReserveEnglandWin: 29-11 Twickenham, LondonWP
27 Jun 199821ReserveWalesWin: 96-131 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
04 Jul 199822ReserveEnglandWin: 18-0 Newlands, Cape TownWP
25 Jul 199822ReserveNew ZealandWin: 13-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonWP
15 Aug 199822ReserveNew ZealandWin: 24-231 tryKingspark, DurbanWP
22 Aug 199822ReserveAustraliaWin: 29-151 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
14 Nov 199822ReserveWalesWin: 28-20 Wembley, LondonWP
21 Nov 199822FlankScotlandWin: 35-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
28 Nov 199822FlankIrelandWin: 27-131 tryAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
05 Dec 199822FlankEnglandLose: 7-13 Twickenham, LondonWP
03 Oct 199923EighthmanScotlandWin: 46-29 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
10 Oct 199923ReserveSpainWin: 47-31 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
15 Oct 199923EighthmanUruguayWin: 39-3 Hampden Park, GlasgowWP
24 Oct 199923EighthmanEnglandWin: 44-21 Stade de France, ParisWP
30 Oct 199923EighthmanAustraliaLose: 21-27 Twickenham, LondonWP
16 Jun 200124ReserveFranceLose: 23-32 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
23 Jun 200124ReserveFranceWin: 20-15 Kingspark, DurbanWP
30 Jun 200124Eighthman (C)ItalyWin: 60-14 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
21 Jul 200125Eighthman (C)New ZealandLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownWP
28 Jul 200125Eighthman (C)AustraliaWin: 20-151 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
18 Aug 200125Eighthman (C)AustraliaDraw: 14-14 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
25 Aug 200125Eighthman (C)New ZealandLose: 15-26 Eden Park, AucklandWP
10 Nov 200125Eighthman (C)FranceLose: 10-20 Stade de France, ParisWP
17 Nov 200125Eighthman (C)ItalyWin: 54-261 tryLuigi Ferraris Stadium, GenoaWP
24 Nov 200125Eighthman (C)EnglandLose: 9-29 Twickenham, LondonWP
08 Jun 200225Eighthman (C)WalesWin: 34-191 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
15 Jun 200225Eighthman (C)WalesWin: 19-8 Newlands, Cape TownWP
29 Jun 200225EighthmanArgentinaWin: 49-29 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsWP
06 Jul 200226EighthmanSamoaWin: 60-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
20 Jul 200226EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 20-41 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonWP
27 Jul 200226EighthmanAustraliaLose: 27-381 tryWooloongabba, BrisbaneWP
10 Aug 200226EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 23-30 Kingspark, DurbanWP
17 Aug 200226EighthmanAustraliaWin: 33-31 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
28 Jun 200326ReserveArgentinaWin: 26-25 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethLions
02 Jun 200730ReserveEnglandWin: 55-22 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
09 Jun 200730EighthmanSamoaWin: 35-8 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
23 Jun 200730EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 21-26 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
07 Jul 200731Eighthman (C)AustraliaLose: 17-25 Stadium Australia, SydneySharks
14 Sep 200731ReserveEnglandWin: 36-0 Stade de France, ParisSharks
22 Sep 200731Eighthman (C)TongaWin: 30-251 tryStade Felix Bollaert, LensSharks
30 Sep 200731ReserveUSAWin: 64-15 Stade de la Mosson, MontpellierSharks
14 Oct 200731ReserveArgentinaWin: 37-13 Stade de France, ParisSharks

Top 50 Boks: 30 – Bob Skinstad :

After represented South Africa at all levels, including captaining the U21 Springbok side in 1996 and 1997 and playing for the SA Sevens team in 1997, Skinstad made his debut for the Springboks off the replacements bench against England at Twickenham on November 29, 1997.

The Zimbabwean born back rower was utilised as an impact player with great effect early on in his Springbok career. He scored a crucial try in South Africa’s winning Tri-Nations campaign in 1998 against the All Blacks and followed it up with a memorable try against the Wallabies a week later where a show of the ball and centre-like sidestep saw him dive over under the posts.

In 1999, Skinstad was controversially included in the World Cup squad at the expense of successful captain Gary Teichmann. There were reports that the decision caused a rift within the squad but the Boks still managed to finish third after narrowly losing to Australia in extra time in the semi-finals.

Two years later, Skinstad captained the Springboks for the first time in the Test against Italy in Port Elizabeth. He led the national side on 12 occasions with the Boks winning six, losing five and drawing one. After a stint in Europe, Skinstad made a successful return to South African rugby by playing himself into the 2007 World Cup squad.

He captained the side in the pool game against Tonga in which he finished off a superb team try and came off the bench in a further three games. His cameo in the semi-final clash against Argentina would prove to be his last as he announced his retirement shortly after the tournament.


  • SA Young Player of the Year nominee, 1997
  • Currie Cup winner with Western Province, 1997, 2000 & 2001
  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 1998
  • Tri-Nations winner, 1998
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 2007
  • Captained the Springboks on 12 occasions