Corné Krige
Full names: Cornelius Petrus Johannes
Date of birth: 21 Mar 1975
Place of birth: Lusaka, Zambia
School: Paarl Boys High
Springbok no: 676
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.9m, 99kg
Current age: 47

Test summary: Tests: 39 Tries: 2
First Test: 19 Jun 1999 Age:24 Flank against Italy at Kingspark, Durban
Last Test: 8 Nov 2003 Age:28 Flank against New Zealand at Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), Melbourne
Test history:
19 Jun 199924Flank (C)ItalyWin: 101-0 Kingspark, DurbanWP
26 Jun 199924FlankWalesLose: 19-29 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
10 Jul 199924FlankNew ZealandLose: 0-28 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
10 Jun 200025ReserveCanadaWin: 51-18 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonWP
17 Jun 200025ReserveEnglandWin: 18-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
24 Jun 200025FlankEnglandLose: 22-27 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
08 Jul 200025ReserveAustraliaLose: 23-44 Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneWP
22 Jul 200025FlankNew ZealandLose: 12-25 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
29 Jul 200025FlankAustraliaLose: 6-26 Stadium Australia, SydneyWP
19 Aug 200025FlankNew ZealandWin: 46-40 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
26 Aug 200025FlankAustraliaLose: 18-19 Kingspark, DurbanWP
12 Nov 200025FlankArgentinaWin: 37-33 River Plate, Buenos AiresWP
19 Nov 200025FlankIrelandWin: 28-181 tryAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
26 Nov 200025FlankWalesWin: 23-13 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
02 Dec 200025FlankEnglandLose: 17-25 Twickenham, LondonWP
16 Jun 200126FlankFranceLose: 23-32 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
23 Jun 200126FlankFranceWin: 20-151 tryKingspark, DurbanWP
30 Jun 200126ReserveItalyWin: 60-14 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
28 Jul 200126ReserveAustraliaWin: 20-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
17 Nov 200126ReserveItalyWin: 54-26 Luigi Ferraris Stadium, GenoaWP
24 Nov 200126ReserveEnglandLose: 9-29 Twickenham, LondonWP
15 Jun 200227FlankWalesWin: 19-8 Newlands, Cape TownWP
29 Jun 200227Flank (C)ArgentinaWin: 49-29 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsWP
06 Jul 200227Flank (C)SamoaWin: 60-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
20 Jul 200227Flank (C)New ZealandLose: 20-41 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonWP
27 Jul 200227Flank (C)AustraliaLose: 27-38 Wooloongabba, BrisbaneWP
10 Aug 200227Flank (C)New ZealandLose: 23-30 Kingspark, DurbanWP
17 Aug 200227Flank (C)AustraliaWin: 33-31 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
09 Nov 200227Flank (C)FranceLose: 10-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesWP
16 Nov 200227Flank (C)ScotlandLose: 6-21 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
23 Nov 200227Flank (C)EnglandLose: 3-53 Twickenham, LondonWP
28 Jun 200328Flank (C)ArgentinaWin: 26-25 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
12 Jul 200328Flank (C)AustraliaWin: 26-22 Newlands, Cape TownWP
19 Jul 200328Flank (C)New ZealandLose: 16-52 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
02 Aug 200328Flank (C)AustraliaLose: 9-29 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
09 Aug 200328Flank (C)New ZealandLose: 11-19 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
18 Oct 200328Flank (C)EnglandLose: 6-25 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
01 Nov 200328Flank (C)SamoaWin: 60-10 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
08 Nov 200328Flank (C)New ZealandLose: 9-29 Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneWP

Corné Krige

Cornelius Petrus Johannes "Corné" Krige was born on the 21 March 1975 in Lusaka, Zambia. He was a South African rugby union footballer, now retired, who played flanker for Western Province in the Currie Cup, the Stormers in Super Rugby and captained the South African national side, the Springboks.

Corne Krige was Zambian-born and his parents still reside in that country, but he was schooled in South Africa at Paarl Boys High School, about 60km from Cape Town. He played most of his rugby for South African teams and still resides in SA.

Krige's Test debut came in 1999 after recovering from career-threatening knee and hand injuries. He captained the Springboks on his test debut in a 101-0 victory over Italy in Durban; unfortunately two weeks later he suffered another serious knee injury against the All Blacks in Dunedin which ended his hopes of captaining the Springboks at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales.

Krige appeared in 39 tests for South Africa, became the full-time captain in 2002, and captained the Boks 18 times in all before his international retirement in January 2004. Never one to shy away from dirty play, he was the subject of controversy after the November 2002 Test against England at Twickenham that saw England hand the Boks the worst defeat in their history (53-3).

During the match, an increasingly frustrated South Africa side began targeting England players with physical off-the-ball attacks, and match footage showed Krige as the leader. His Super Rugby career then ended several weeks early when he was handed an eight-week ban for head-butting an opponent in 2004.

He finished his career in the English Premiership with Northampton Saints, signing for the 2004-05 season. He retired at the end of that season and returned to Cape Town to pursue outside business interests. Krige would make one more high-profile appearance on a rugby field, captaining a Western Province XV against a World XV in his testimonial at Newlands on 9 June 2006. The testimonial benefited Reach For A Dream, a charity similar to and inspired by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the United States.

The World XV won 49-31 in an entertaining match that saw 12 tries in all. Krige and former Springbok teammates Bobby Skinstad and Robbie Fleck were business partners, owning Billie the B.U.M.S. Restaurant and a Cocktail Bar in Newlands. The restaurant has since closed.

When the Boks played the Australia Wallabies during the later years of Krige's captaincy, he and Wallabies captain George Gregan shared an unusual distinction: both were born in the same hospital.