Stefan Terblanche
Full names: Carl Stefan
Date of birth: 2 Jul 1975
Place of birth: Mossel Bay
School: Swellendam
Springbok no: 668
Debut test province: Cavaliers
Physical: 1.87m, 89.8kg
Current age: 48

Test summary: Tests: 37 Tries: 19
First Test: 13 Jun 1998 Age:22 Right Wing against Ireland at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Last Test: 24 Oct 2003 Age:28 Right Wing against Georgia at Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), Sydney
Test history:
13 Jun 199822Right WingIrelandWin: 37-134 triesFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinCavaliers
20 Jun 199822Right WingIrelandWin: 33-0 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaCavaliers
27 Jun 199822Right WingWalesWin: 96-132 triesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaCavaliers
04 Jul 199823Right WingEnglandWin: 18-01 tryNewlands, Cape TownCavaliers
18 Jul 199823Right WingAustraliaWin: 14-13 Subiaco Oval, PerthCavaliers
25 Jul 199823Right WingNew ZealandWin: 13-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonCavaliers
15 Aug 199823Right WingNew ZealandWin: 24-231 tryKingspark, DurbanCavaliers
22 Aug 199823Right WingAustraliaWin: 29-15 Ellispark, JohannesburgCavaliers
14 Nov 199823Right WingWalesWin: 28-20 Wembley, LondonCavaliers
21 Nov 199823Right WingScotlandWin: 35-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghCavaliers
28 Nov 199823Right WingIrelandWin: 27-13 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinCavaliers
05 Dec 199823Right WingEnglandLose: 7-13 Twickenham, LondonCavaliers
12 Jun 199923ReserveItalyWin: 74-31 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethSharks
19 Jun 199923Left WingItalyWin: 101-05 triesKingspark, DurbanSharks
26 Jun 199923Right WingWalesLose: 19-29 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
17 Jul 199924Left WingAustraliaLose: 6-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneSharks
07 Aug 199924ReserveNew ZealandLose: 18-34 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
10 Oct 199924Right WingSpainWin: 47-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
24 Oct 199924ReserveEnglandWin: 44-21 Stade de France, ParisSharks
30 Oct 199924ReserveAustraliaLose: 21-27 Twickenham, LondonSharks
04 Nov 199924Left WingNew ZealandWin: 22-18 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
02 Dec 200025Left WingEnglandLose: 17-25 Twickenham, LondonSharks
08 Jun 200226Right WingWalesWin: 34-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
15 Jun 200226Right WingWalesWin: 19-8 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
29 Jun 200226Left WingArgentinaWin: 49-292 triesP.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsSharks
06 Jul 200227Left WingSamoaWin: 60-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
20 Jul 200227Right WingNew ZealandLose: 20-41 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
27 Jul 200227Right WingAustraliaLose: 27-38 Wooloongabba, BrisbaneSharks
17 Aug 200227ReserveAustraliaWin: 33-31 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
07 Jun 200327Right WingScotlandWin: 29-251 tryKingspark, DurbanSharks
14 Jun 200327Right WingScotlandWin: 28-191 tryEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
28 Jun 200327Right WingArgentinaWin: 26-25 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethSharks
12 Jul 200328Right WingAustraliaWin: 26-22 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
19 Jul 200328Right WingNew ZealandLose: 16-52 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
02 Aug 200328Right WingAustraliaLose: 9-29 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneSharks
09 Aug 200328Right WingNew ZealandLose: 11-19 Carisbrook, DunedinSharks
24 Oct 200328Right WingGeorgiaWin: 46-19 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneySharks

Top 50 Boks: 50 - Stefan Terblanche :

Terblanche had a dream Test debut on the wing against Ireland in Bloemfontein on June 13, 1998 where he equalled Chester Williams and Pieter Rossouw’s then Springbok record of four tries. The 22-year-old flyer went on to better the record with an unprecedented five try haul against Italy the following year on his way to establishing himself as one of the best finishers in South African rugby history. His Test try per match ratio of 0.51 is superior to that of the legendary Carel du Plessis (0.33), Breyton Paulse (0.40) and Jean de Villiers (0.40).

After a highly successful six-year tenure at the Sharks, Terblanche jetted off to Wales where he honed his skills in the challenging conditions. It is at there, at the Ospreys, where Terblanche’s transformation from ace wing to world-class fullback took shape. After winning 87 caps and helping the Ospreys clinch the Magners League in the 2006/07 season, a reinvented Terblanche returned to his beloved Sharks. He played an integral part in the Sharks’ Currie Cup-winning campaign of 2008 – their first domestic title in 12 years – and expertly captained the side to the 2009 Currie Cup semi-finals, where the defending champions succumbed to a determined Cheetahs outfit.

Since his return to South Africa, many have called for the Sharks’ centurion’s return to the Springbok squad, but despite producing consistently stellar performances, the veteran remains overlooked.


  • Holds Boland Cavaliers record for most tries in a season (20 in 1997)
  • Holds Boland Cavaliers record for career tries (49)
  • Equal top try scorer in 1998 Super 12 with 10 tries
  • Tri-Nations winner with South Africa 1998
  • Member of Ospreys squad winning the 2006-07 Magners League
  • Currie Cup winner with Natal Sharks 2008
  • Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year nominee, 2008 & 2009
  • SA Players' Player of the Year nominee, 2009.