AJ Venter
Full names: Albertus Johannes
Date of birth: 29 Jul 1973
Place of birth: Zastron
School: HTS Louis Botha
Springbok no: 695
Debut test province: Sharks
Physical: 1.96m, 112kg
Current age: 50

Test summary: Tests: 25 Tries: 0
First Test: 26 Nov 2000 Age:27 Reserve against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff
Last Test: 9 Sep 2006 Age:33 Flank against Australia at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Test history:
26 Nov 200027ReserveWalesWin: 23-13 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
02 Dec 200027ReserveEnglandLose: 17-25 Twickenham, LondonSharks
10 Nov 200128FlankFranceLose: 10-20 Stade de France, ParisSharks
17 Nov 200128LockItalyWin: 54-26 Luigi Ferraris Stadium, GenoaSharks
24 Nov 200128FlankEnglandLose: 9-29 Twickenham, LondonSharks
01 Dec 200128FlankUSAWin: 43-20 Robertson Stadium, UH, HoustonSharks
08 Jun 200228FlankWalesWin: 34-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
15 Jun 200228FlankWalesWin: 19-8 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
29 Jun 200228FlankArgentinaWin: 49-29 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsSharks
20 Jul 200228ReserveNew ZealandLose: 20-41 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
10 Aug 200229LockNew ZealandLose: 23-30 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
17 Aug 200229LockAustraliaWin: 33-31 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
09 Nov 200229FlankFranceLose: 10-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesSharks
16 Nov 200229ReserveScotlandLose: 6-21 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
23 Nov 200229LockEnglandLose: 3-53 Twickenham, LondonSharks
28 Jun 200329FlankArgentinaWin: 26-25 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethSharks
17 Jul 200430FlankPacific IslandsWin: 38-24 Central Coast Stadium, GosfordSharks
24 Jul 200430FlankNew ZealandLose: 21-23 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchSharks
31 Jul 200431FlankAustraliaLose: 26-30 Subiaco Oval, PerthSharks
14 Aug 200431ReserveNew ZealandWin: 40-26 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
21 Aug 200431FlankAustraliaWin: 23-19 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
13 Nov 200431FlankIrelandLose: 12-17 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinSharks
20 Nov 200431FlankEnglandLose: 16-32 Twickenham, LondonSharks
02 Sep 200633FlankNew ZealandWin: 21-20 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgSharks
09 Sep 200633FlankAustraliaWin: 24-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks

Top 50 Boks: 42 – AJ Venter : SARugby.com

The versatile Venter made his Springbok debut off the replacements bench against Wales in Cardiff on November 26, 2000. His pace and power meant he played most of his rugby in the back row but his height and solidity in the lineout saw him start four of his 25 Tests at lock.

Venter was a true hard man who relished the physical aspect and camaraderie of the game. Remarkably, he never played in a World Cup and never crossed the whitewash for a Test try. However, he was part of the Springboks' successful 2004 Tri-Nations campaign and a member of the Lions' 1999 Currie Cup champion side.

Venter was renowned for his ferocious defence and was a prominent ball carrier. After playing in two Tests in 2006, he was selected in a depleted Springbok squad for the away leg of the 2007 Tri-Nations but decided not to take up the offer. Instead, he announced his retirement from international rugby.

He continued playing Currie Cup and Super 14 rugby until he decided to hang up his boots in 2009. Among the teams he ran out for in his rich 15-year career were Italian club side Rovigo, the Cheetahs, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Western Province, Springbok Sevens and Emerging Springboks.


  • Currie Cup winner with the Lions in 1999
  • Member of the Springbok Tri-Nations winning squad, 2004