Krynauw Otto
Full names: Krynauw
Date of birth: 8 Oct 1971
Place of birth: Belfast
School: HTS Witbank
Springbok no: 615
Debut test province: Blue Bulls
Physical: 2m, 116.6kg
Current age: 52

Test summary: Tests: 38 Tries: 1
First Test: 30 May 1995 Age:23 Lock against Romania at Newlands, Cape Town
Last Test: 8 Jul 2000 Age:28 Lock against Australia at Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), Melbourne
Test history:
30 May 199523LockRomaniaWin: 21-8 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
03 Jun 199523ReserveCanadaWin: 20-0 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethBlue Bulls
10 Jun 199523ReserveSamoaWin: 42-14 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
05 Jul 199725LockBritainWin: 35-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
19 Jul 199725LockNew ZealandLose: 32-35 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
02 Aug 199725LockAustraliaLose: 20-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBlue Bulls
09 Aug 199725LockNew ZealandLose: 35-55 Eden Park, AucklandBlue Bulls
08 Nov 199726LockItalyWin: 62-31 Dall'Ara Stadium, BolognaBlue Bulls
15 Nov 199726LockFranceWin: 36-32 Stade de Gerland, LyonBlue Bulls
22 Nov 199726LockFranceWin: 52-10 Parc des Princes, ParisBlue Bulls
29 Nov 199726LockEnglandWin: 29-11 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
06 Dec 199726LockScotlandWin: 68-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
13 Jun 199826LockIrelandWin: 37-13 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
20 Jun 199826LockIrelandWin: 33-0 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
27 Jun 199826LockWalesWin: 96-131 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
04 Jul 199826LockEnglandWin: 18-0 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
18 Jul 199826LockAustraliaWin: 14-13 Subiaco Oval, PerthBlue Bulls
25 Jul 199826LockNew ZealandWin: 13-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonBlue Bulls
15 Aug 199826LockNew ZealandWin: 24-23 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
22 Aug 199826LockAustraliaWin: 29-15 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
14 Nov 199827LockWalesWin: 28-20 Wembley, LondonBlue Bulls
21 Nov 199827LockScotlandWin: 35-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
28 Nov 199827LockIrelandWin: 27-13 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBlue Bulls
05 Dec 199827LockEnglandLose: 7-13 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
12 Jun 199927LockItalyWin: 74-3 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethBlue Bulls
26 Jun 199927LockWalesLose: 19-29 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBlue Bulls
10 Jul 199927LockNew ZealandLose: 0-28 Carisbrook, DunedinBlue Bulls
17 Jul 199927LockAustraliaLose: 6-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBlue Bulls
03 Oct 199927ReserveScotlandWin: 46-29 Murrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
10 Oct 199928LockSpainWin: 47-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
15 Oct 199928LockUruguayWin: 39-3 Hampden Park, GlasgowBlue Bulls
24 Oct 199928LockEnglandWin: 44-21 Stade de France, ParisBlue Bulls
30 Oct 199928LockAustraliaLose: 21-27 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
04 Nov 199928LockNew ZealandWin: 22-18 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBlue Bulls
10 Jun 200028LockCanadaWin: 51-18 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonBlue Bulls
17 Jun 200028LockEnglandWin: 18-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
24 Jun 200028LockEnglandLose: 22-27 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
08 Jul 200028LockAustraliaLose: 23-44 Colonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneBlue Bulls

Top 50 Boks: 43 – Krynauw Otto :

Otto debuted for the Springboks in the 1995 World Cup pool match against Romania in Cape Town on May 30.

The 38-Test cap veteran is part of an elite group of players who have played in two World Cups after adding a bronze medal in the 1999 World Cup to the gold medal he received as a member of the triumphant 1995 Springbok squad. He also won a Springbok cap against the British & Irish Lions in the third Test of the 1997 series.

The 1998 season was perhaps Otto’s finest as it earned him a nomination for the coveted SA Player of the Year award. Otto established himself as a key member of the Springbok tight five and along with Mark Andrews held the South African record for the most Tests as a lock pairing before being overtaken by Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield.

He started his provincial career as an 18-year-old at the Pumas in 1990. He made his debut for the Blue Bulls on the flank three years later and went on to win 94 caps for the Pretoria-based union. He played a number of matches alongside his younger brother Johan and they paired up once in the second row for the Bulls in the 1998 Super 12 competition.

Otto retired in 2000 at the age of 28 after medical examinations revealed a subdural haematoma in the left frontal area of his brain.


  • SA Young Player of the Year, 1993
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 1995
  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 1998