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Francois Pienaar Bio

As a former captain of South Africa and a winner of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Francois Pienaar is undoubtedly a legend of South African rugby and was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Born 2 January 1967, Francois Pienaar made his debut for Transvaal in 1989. From then until 1996, he enjoyed a highly successful stay with the side. In 1993, the team won the Super 10, Currie Cup and Lion Cup under his stewardship. The year after, they retained the Currie Cup and he was voted international player of the year by Rugby World magazine.

Due to the success he’d experienced at Transvaal, Francois Pienaar was first selected to represent South Africa in 1993. Between 1993 and 1996, he made 29 appearances for the Springboks, featuring as captain on every occasion.

The highlight of Francois Pienaar’s career was undoubtedly the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks were seeded ninth going into the tournament, but they left as champions after defeating New Zealand in the final. Following the conclusion of the game, Francois Pienaar was handed the Webb Ellis Cup by Nelson Mandela, who was wearing a Springboks jersey with his number on it.

Shortly after the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Francois Pienaar was instrumental in turning the game professional. However, in 1996, he was controversially dropped from the South Africa side after he was accused of feigning an injury by head coach Andre Markgraaff. As a result, he left South Africa and became a player-coach for Saracens.

Francois Pienaar then retired from the game in 2000, when he took up a role as the CEO of Saracens. However, he stood down from the role in 2002. Although he remains a director of Saracens, he’s now returned to South Africa and regularly works as a pundit. He’s also a member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame and the IRB Hall of Fame.

Rugby World Cup Icons: Francois Pienaar

Francois Pienaar receives the Webb Ellis Cup from Nelson Mandela

Fixtures & Results

Sat Jul 2, 2022
11:05am EDT
Loftus Versfeld
South Africa South Africa
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11:05am
Wales Wales
1st Test
LIVE
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Sat Jul 9, 2022
11:00am EDT
Toyota Stadium
South Africa South Africa
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11:00am
Wales Wales
2nd Test
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Sat Jul 16, 2022
11:05am EDT
DHL Stadium
South Africa South Africa
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11:05am
Wales Wales
3rd Test
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Sat Aug 6, 2022
11:05am EDT
Mbombela Stadium
South Africa South Africa
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11:05am
New Zealand New Zealand
Round 1
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Sat Aug 13, 2022
11:05am EDT
Emirates Airline Park
South Africa South Africa
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11:05am
New Zealand New Zealand
Round 2
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Sat Aug 27, 2022
1:30am EDT
TBC
Australia Australia
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1:30am
South Africa South Africa
Round 3
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Sat Sep 3, 2022
5:35am EDT
TBC
Australia Australia
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5:35am
South Africa South Africa
Round 4
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Sat Sep 17, 2022
3:10pm EDT
Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Argentina Argentina
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3:10pm
South Africa South Africa
Round 5
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Sat Sep 24, 2022
11:05am EDT
Kings Park Stadium
South Africa South Africa
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11:05am
Argentina Argentina
Round 6
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