Lawrence Sephaka
Full names: Lawrence Dumisani
Date of birth: 8 Aug 1978
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Springs Technical High
Springbok no: 702
Debut test province: Lions
Physical: 1.78m, 115kg
Current age: 45

Test summary: Tests: 24 Tries: 0
First Test: 1 Dec 2001 Age:23 Loose-head Prop against USA at Robertson Stadium, UH, Houston
Last Test: 11 Nov 2006 Age:28 Loose-head Prop against Ireland at Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), Dublin
Test history:
01 Dec 200123Loose-head PropUSAWin: 43-20 Robertson Stadium, UH, HoustonLions
06 Jul 200223Loose-head PropSamoaWin: 60-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
20 Jul 200223Loose-head PropNew ZealandLose: 20-41 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonLions
27 Jul 200223Loose-head PropAustraliaLose: 27-38 Wooloongabba, BrisbaneLions
10 Aug 200224Loose-head PropNew ZealandLose: 23-30 Kingspark, DurbanLions
17 Aug 200224Loose-head PropAustraliaWin: 33-31 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
09 Nov 200224Loose-head PropFranceLose: 10-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesLions
07 Jun 200324Loose-head PropScotlandWin: 29-25 Kingspark, DurbanLions
14 Jun 200324Loose-head PropScotlandWin: 28-19 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
12 Jul 200324Loose-head PropAustraliaWin: 26-22 Newlands, Cape TownLions
19 Jul 200324Loose-head PropNew ZealandLose: 16-52 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
02 Aug 200324ReserveAustraliaLose: 9-29 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneLions
09 Aug 200325Loose-head PropNew ZealandLose: 11-19 Carisbrook, DunedinLions
11 Oct 200325Loose-head PropUruguayWin: 72-6 Subiaco Oval, PerthLions
18 Oct 200325ReserveEnglandLose: 6-25 Subiaco Oval, PerthLions
24 Oct 200325Loose-head PropGeorgiaWin: 46-19 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyLions
25 Jun 200526Loose-head PropFranceWin: 27-13 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethLions
09 Jul 200526Tight-head PropAustraliaLose: 12-30 Stadium Australia, SydneyLions
23 Jul 200526ReserveAustraliaWin: 33-20 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
19 Nov 200527Loose-head PropWalesWin: 33-16 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions
10 Jun 200627ReserveScotlandWin: 36-16 Kingspark, DurbanLions
02 Sep 200628ReserveNew ZealandWin: 21-20 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgLions
09 Sep 200628ReserveAustraliaWin: 24-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
11 Nov 200628Loose-head PropIrelandLose: 15-32 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinLions

Lawrence Sephaka : Simon Borchardt

Lawrence Sephaka's nickname 'Kabila', taken from former Congo dictator Lawrence Kabila, could not be more appropriate.

On the rugby field, it's the 110kg Springbok loosehead prop who's dictating play and making his presence felt.

Voted South African Player's Player of the Year in 2002, Sephaka has come a long way since taking up the game at the age of 13, when a teacher at his Jo'burg township school persuaded him to play rugby instead of standing on the sideline of the soccer field.

After being spotted by an Eastern Transvaal development officer, Sephaka was given a bursary to attend Afrikaans-medium Springs Technical High School.

The benefits of attending a rugby school were soon evident as he made the province's U 17 and U19 sides, and was selected for the SA Academy side in 1997 after impressing at Craven Week.

Lions U21 coach Eugene Eloff, the man who guided South Africa U19 to World Cup success earlier this year, then poached Sephaka from the Falcons and enrolled him at Rand Afrikaans University.

Sephaka played for the Lions U21s and made his senior debut soon after, but the physical aspect of his game was questioned by many, including Cats coach Laurie Mains.

In 2000, Sephaka was 'lent' to the Stormers where he spent most of his time warming the bench and making up the quota.

Springbok coach Harry Viljoen, however, saw 'Kabila' as more than a political pawn. He selected Sephaka for the Springbok midweek games at the end of 2000 and gave him his first test cap against the USA in 2001.

Last year, controversy raged after new Springbok coach Rudolf Straeuli substituted Sephaka after only 28 minutes of the TriNations test in Wellington, but 'Kabila' developed to such an extent during the series that he played the entire 80 minutes against the Wallabies at Ellis Park.

South Africa's Zulu dictator had arrived.