Pierre Spies
Full names: Pierre Johan
Date of birth: 8 Jun 1985
Place of birth: Pretoria
School: Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool
Springbok no: 777
Debut test province: Blue Bulls
Physical: 1.95m, 106kg
Current age: 33

Test summary: Tests: 53 Tries: 7
First Test: 15 Jul 2006 Age:21 Eighthman against Australia at Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), Brisbane
Last Test: 22 Jun 2013 Age:28 Eighthman against Samoa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
15 Jul 200621EighthmanAustraliaLose: 0-49 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBlue Bulls
26 Aug 200621FlankNew ZealandLose: 26-45 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
02 Sep 200621FlankNew ZealandWin: 21-20 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgBlue Bulls
09 Sep 200621FlankAustraliaWin: 24-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
11 Nov 200621EighthmanIrelandLose: 15-32 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBlue Bulls
18 Nov 200621FlankEnglandLose: 21-23 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
26 May 200721ReserveEnglandWin: 58-10 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
02 Jun 200721EighthmanEnglandWin: 55-222 triesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
16 Jun 200722EighthmanAustraliaWin: 22-19 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
07 Jun 200822EighthmanWalesWin: 43-171 tryFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
14 Jun 200823EighthmanWalesWin: 37-21 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
19 Jul 200823EighthmanAustraliaLose: 9-16 Subiaco Oval, PerthBlue Bulls
09 Aug 200823EighthmanArgentinaWin: 63-91 tryEllispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
16 Aug 200823EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 0-19 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
23 Aug 200823EighthmanAustraliaLose: 15-27 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
30 Aug 200823EighthmanAustraliaWin: 53-8 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
08 Nov 200823EighthmanWalesWin: 20-15 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBlue Bulls
15 Nov 200823EighthmanScotlandWin: 14-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
22 Nov 200823EighthmanEnglandWin: 42-6 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
20 Jun 200924EighthmanBritainWin: 26-21 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
27 Jun 200924EighthmanBritainWin: 28-25 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
04 Jul 200924ReserveBritainLose: 9-28 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
25 Jul 200924EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 28-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
01 Aug 200924EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 31-19 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
08 Aug 200924EighthmanAustraliaWin: 29-17 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
29 Aug 200924EighthmanAustraliaWin: 32-25 Subiaco Oval, PerthBlue Bulls
05 Sep 200924EighthmanAustraliaLose: 6-21 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBlue Bulls
12 Sep 200924EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 32-29 Waikato Stadium, HamiltonBlue Bulls
12 Jun 201025EighthmanFranceWin: 42-171 tryNewlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
19 Jun 201025EighthmanItalyWin: 29-13 Puma Stadium, WitbankBlue Bulls
26 Jun 201025EighthmanItalyWin: 55-111 tryBasil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonBlue Bulls
10 Jul 201025EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 12-32 Eden Park, AucklandBlue Bulls
17 Jul 201025EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 17-31 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBlue Bulls
24 Jul 201025EighthmanAustraliaLose: 13-30 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBlue Bulls
21 Aug 201025EighthmanNew ZealandLose: 22-29 National Stadium, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
28 Aug 201025EighthmanAustraliaWin: 44-311 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
04 Sep 201025EighthmanAustraliaLose: 39-41 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
06 Nov 201025EighthmanIrelandWin: 23-21 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBlue Bulls
13 Nov 201025EighthmanWalesWin: 29-25 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBlue Bulls
27 Nov 201025EighthmanEnglandWin: 21-11 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
13 Aug 201126EighthmanAustraliaLose: 9-14 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
20 Aug 201126EighthmanNew ZealandWin: 18-5 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethBlue Bulls
11 Sep 201126EighthmanWalesWin: 17-16 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBlue Bulls
17 Sep 201126EighthmanFijiWin: 49-3 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBlue Bulls
22 Sep 201126EighthmanNamibiaWin: 87-0 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityBlue Bulls
30 Sep 201126EighthmanSamoaWin: 13-5 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityBlue Bulls
09 Oct 201126EighthmanAustraliaLose: 9-11 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonBlue Bulls
09 Jun 201227EighthmanEnglandWin: 22-17 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
16 Jun 201227EighthmanEnglandWin: 36-27 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
23 Jun 201227EighthmanEnglandDraw: 14-14 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethBlue Bulls
08 Jun 201328EighthmanItalyWin: 44-10 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
15 Jun 201328EighthmanScotlandWin: 30-17 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitBlue Bulls
22 Jun 201328EighthmanSamoaWin: 56-23 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls

Top 50 Boks: 41 – Pierre Spies : SARugby.com

A naturally gifted athlete, Spies made his South African debut in the record 49-0 loss to Australia in Brisbane on July 15, 2006. He was subsequently dropped from the squad but showed his character by turning in a Man of the Match performance against the All Blacks in his comeback game.

Spies has incredible pace for a back row forward, running the 100m in 10.7 seconds. In 2007, after being named in the Springbok World Cup squad, doctors discovered a career-threatening condition after Spies started coughing up blood. The 1.94m, 107kg specimen was shocked to hear he had blood clots on his lungs and had no other alternative than to withdraw from the squad.

After six months of medication, Spies made a miraculous return to the game and had seemingly not missed a beat as he looked like his former self on the pitch. He regained his spot in the Springbok squad in 2008 and scored a try in his comeback game as the Boks thrashed Wales 43-17 in Bloemfontein.

In 2009, Spies started in both the first and second Tests against the British & Irish Lions, playing an integral role in South Africa’s 2-1 series victory. Such is his freakish athleticism that he was injected on the wing in the third Test as a replacement for Jongi Nokwe. At 24 years of age, Spies already has 28 Tests behind his name and has all the makings to become one of the all-time greats.

Spies is also a two-time Super Rugby winner and multiple Currie Cup winner. He played on the wing for the Springbok U19, became one of the youngest players to represent the Bulls when he made his debut in a Super 12 match against the Brumbies as a 19-year-old in 2005 and was one of the stars of the U21 Springbok side in the 2006 U21 World Cup.

Records/Honours:

  • SA Currie Cup Player of the Year Nominee, 2006
  • SA Player of the Year Nominee, 2006
  • International New Player of the Year Nominee, 2006
  • SA Most Promising Player of the Year, 2006
  • Member of the Bulls Super 14 winning squad, 2007 & 2009
  • Member of the Blue Bulls Currie Cup winning squad, 2009
  • British & Irish Lions series winner, 2009
  • Tri-Nations winner, 2009