Robbie Fleck
Full names: Robert Frank
Date of birth: 17 Jul 1975
Place of birth: Cape Town
Schools: Wynberg Boys High Diocesan College (Bishops)
Springbok no: 674
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.83m, 94kg
Current age: 42

Test summary: Tests: 31 Tries: 10
First Test: 12 Jun 1999 Age:23 Outside Centre against Italy at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 23 Nov 2002 Age:27 Outside Centre against England at Twickenham, London
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
12 Jun 199923Outside CentreItalyWin: 74-31 tryBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
19 Jun 199923Outside CentreItalyWin: 101-01 tryKingspark, DurbanWP
10 Jul 199923ReserveNew ZealandLose: 0-28 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
17 Jul 199924Outside CentreAustraliaLose: 6-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
07 Aug 199924ReserveNew ZealandLose: 18-34 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
14 Aug 199924Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 10-91 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
03 Oct 199924Outside CentreScotlandWin: 46-291 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghWP
15 Oct 199924Outside CentreUruguayWin: 39-31 tryHampden Park, GlasgowWP
24 Oct 199924Outside CentreEnglandWin: 44-21 Stade de France, ParisWP
30 Oct 199924Outside CentreAustraliaLose: 21-27 Twickenham, LondonWP
04 Nov 199924Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 22-18 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
10 Jun 200024Outside CentreCanadaWin: 51-182 triesBasil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonWP
17 Jun 200024Outside CentreEnglandWin: 18-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
24 Jun 200024Outside CentreEnglandLose: 22-27 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
08 Jul 200024Outside CentreAustraliaLose: 23-44 Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneWP
22 Jul 200025Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 12-25 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchWP
29 Jul 200025Outside CentreAustraliaLose: 6-26 Stadium Australia (Telstra), SydneyWP
19 Aug 200025Inside CentreNew ZealandWin: 46-402 triesEllispark, JohannesburgWP
26 Aug 200025Inside CentreAustraliaLose: 18-19 Kingspark, DurbanWP
12 Nov 200025Inside CentreArgentinaWin: 37-331 tryRiver Plate, Buenos AiresWP
19 Nov 200025Inside CentreIrelandWin: 28-18 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
26 Nov 200025Outside CentreWalesWin: 23-13 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
02 Dec 200025Outside CentreEnglandLose: 17-25 Twickenham, LondonWP
16 Jun 200125ReserveFranceLose: 23-32 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
23 Jun 200125Outside CentreFranceWin: 20-15 Kingspark, DurbanWP
30 Jun 200125Outside CentreItalyWin: 60-14 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
21 Jul 200126Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownWP
28 Jul 200126Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 20-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
18 Aug 200126Outside CentreAustraliaDraw: 14-14 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
16 Nov 200227Outside CentreScotlandLose: 6-21 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
23 Nov 200227Outside CentreEnglandLose: 3-53 Twickenham, LondonWP

Top 50 Boks: 46 – Robbie Fleck : SARugby.com

Flekkie” won his first Springbok cap against Italy in Port Elizabeth on June 12, 1999, scoring a try in South Africa's 74-3 win. The aggressive and passionate outside centre showed his worth in the 1999 World Cup and was elevated to the Springbok vice-captaincy in 2001. He won a total of 31 Test caps and scored 10 tries. The free-spirited Fleck relished physical confrontation and few opponents got the better of him.

Fleck’s standout performance in the Green and Gold was against the All Blacks in the classic Tri-Nations Test at Ellis Park on August 19, 2000. After being dropped by then Springbok coach Nick Mallett, Fleck was recalled for the injured De Wet Barry and scored two sensational tries to help South Africa to a memorable 46-40 victory. Unfortunately, he missed most of the 2002 international season through injury and made his last performance for the Springboks in the infamous 53-3 defeat to England at Twickenham.

Fleck came to prominence in the 1998 Currie Cup season in which Western Province made it all the way to the final. He played for the Emerging Boks that same year and ultimately won 48 Super Rugby caps for the Stormers, scoring 16 tries. In 2003, he signed for Bath but spent a considerable amount of time on the sidelines throughout his two years at the English club through injury. He has remained involved in rugby and is currently the backline coach of Western Province and the Stormers.

Records/Honours:

  • Emerging Springbok, 1998
  • Member of the Springbok World Cup squad, 1999
  • Springbok vice-captain, 2001
  • Toured British Isles and Ireland, 1998; Wales, 1999; British Isles, Ireland and Europe; Argentina, Ireland, Wales and England, 2000; France, Scotland and England, 2002