André Pretorius
Full names: André Stefan
Date of birth: 29 Dec 1978
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Dinamika
Springbok no: 723
Debut test province: Lions
Physical: 1.76m, 80kg
Current age: 35

Test summary: Tests: 31 Tries: 2
First Test: 8 Jun 2002 Age:23 Flyhalf against Wales at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Last Test: 24 Nov 2007 Age:28 Flyhalf against Wales at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
08 Jun 200223FlyhalfWalesWin: 34-193 conversions, 1 penaltyFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinLions
15 Jun 200223FlyhalfWalesWin: 19-83 penaltiesNewlands, Cape TownLions
22 Jun 200223FlyhalfArgentinaWin: 49-291 try, 5 conversions, 3 penaltiesP.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsLions
06 Jul 200223FlyhalfSamoaWin: 60-187 conversions, 2 penaltiesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
20 Jul 200223FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 20-412 conversions, 1 penaltyWestPac Stadium, WellingtonLions
27 Jul 200223FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 27-382 conversions, 1 penaltyWooloongabba, BrisbaneLions
10 Aug 200223FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 23-301 try, 2 conversions, 2 penalties, 1 dropgoalKingspark, DurbanLions
09 Nov 200223FlyhalfFranceLose: 10-301 conversion, 1 penaltyStade Velodrome, MarseillesLions
16 Nov 200223ReserveScotlandLose: 6-21 Murrayfield, EdinburghLions
23 Nov 200223FlyhalfEnglandLose: 3-531 penaltyTwickenham, LondonLions
19 Jul 200324ReserveNew ZealandLose: 16-52 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
02 Aug 200324Full BackAustraliaLose: 9-29 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneLions
23 Jul 200526FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 33-20 Ellispark, JohannesburgLions
30 Jul 200526FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 22-161 dropgoalLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
06 Aug 200526FlyhalfNew ZealandWin: 22-161 dropgoalNewlands, Cape TownLions
20 Aug 200526FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 22-19 Subiaco Oval, PerthLions
27 Aug 200526FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 27-31 Carisbrook, DunedinLions
05 Nov 200526FlyhalfArgentinaWin: 34-231 penaltyVelez Sarsfield Stadium, Buenos AiresLions
26 Aug 200627ReserveNew ZealandLose: 26-451 conversionLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaLions
02 Sep 200627FlyhalfNew ZealandWin: 21-201 conversion, 3 penaltiesRoyal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgLions
09 Sep 200627FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 24-161 conversion, 3 penalties, 1 dropgoalEllispark, JohannesburgLions
11 Nov 200627FlyhalfIrelandLose: 15-321 conversion, 1 penaltyAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinLions
18 Nov 200627ReserveEnglandLose: 21-23 Twickenham, LondonLions
25 Nov 200627FlyhalfEnglandWin: 25-141 conversion, 2 penalties, 4 dropgoalsTwickenham, LondonLions
25 Aug 200728ReserveScotlandWin: 27-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghLions
09 Sep 200728ReserveSamoaWin: 59-7 Parc des Princes, ParisLions
14 Sep 200728ReserveEnglandWin: 36-0 Stade de France, ParisLions
22 Sep 200728FlyhalfTongaWin: 30-251 conversionStade Felix Bollaert, LensLions
30 Sep 200728ReserveUSAWin: 64-15 Stade de la Mosson, MontpellierLions
14 Oct 200728ReserveArgentinaWin: 37-13 Stade de France, ParisLions
24 Nov 200728FlyhalfWalesWin: 34-123 conversionsMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffLions

Top 50 Boks: 38 – André Pretorius by SARugby.com

Pretorius has been plagued by injury throughout his career but still won 31 Tests for South Africa. He would undoubtedly have had the distinction of having 50 Tests behind his name had it not been for recurring knee injuries.

He made his Springbok debut against Wales in Bloemfontein on June 8, 2002, slotting three conversions and a penalty in South Africa’s 34-19 victory. Pretorius is a creative flyhalf with great distribution skills and a lethal sidestep, but it’s his reliable boot and drop kicking prowess that opposing teams fear most.

One of Pretorius’ most memorable performances was against England at Twickenham on November 25, 2006, when he landed four drop goals, two penalties and a conversion to guide the Boks to their first win over England at the legendary venue in six years. After making four appearances in South Africa’s triumphant 2007 World Cup campaign, Pretorius fittingly played his last Test against Wales on November 24 of that year.

Pretorius initially made a name for himself on the Sevens circuit and was named SA Sevens Player of the Year in 2001. His natural talent also earned him a nomination for SA Player of the Year in 2002. After a rich career at the Lions, Pretorius signed for Western Force for the 2010 Super 14 season.

Records/Honours:

  • SA Sevens Player of the Year, 2001
  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 2002
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 2007