PERSONAL DETAILS
FULL NAME Bismarck Wilhelm
SURNAME du Plessis
HEIGHT 189 cm
WEIGHT 112 Kg
BIRTH DATE 22 May 1984
BIRTH PLACE Bethlehem
FAVOURITE FILM Legends of the Fall
FAVOURITE MUSIC Prime Circle
FAVOURITE FOOD Mom's cooking on a Sunday
PRIMARY SCHOOL Truida Kestell Primary, Bethlehem
SECONDARY SCHOOL Grey College, Bloemfontein
TERTIARY EDUCATION University of Free State
PLAYER WRITE-UP
The fiery hooker first played for the Boks in 2007 and was named vice-captain ahead of the England series in 2012. Du Plessis, who was also a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning squad, is one of the most feared hookers in the game in recent seasons. He is exceptionally strong with ball in hand and superb on the ground, where he regularly wins turnovers for his team. Du Plessis missed almost the entire Castle Rugby Championships and the Castle Outgoing Tour in 2012 because of a serious knee injury.

Position: Hooker
Province: KwaZulu-Natal (2007)
Springbok number: 787
Test debut: 7 July 2007 vs Australia in Sydney aged 23
Total tests: 63
Tour matches: 2
Total Springbok matches: 65
Win ratio: 46-15-1
Honours: SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee (2008, 2011).
Brother of Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis, with whom he holds the Springbok record for most Tests with a brother (37).
He also holds the record for the Test tries by a Springbok hooker (9).

RUGBY CAREER
POSITION Hooker
PROVINCE Sharks
TRIES 48
CONVERSIONS 0
PENALTIES 0
DROP GOALS 0
TOTAL POINTS 240
 
SPRINGBOK CAREER
CAPS 63
TRIES 9
CONVERSIONS 0
PENALTIES 0
DROP GOALS 0
TOTAL POINTS 45
TEST RECORD
OPPOSITION P W D L T C PE DG PTS
Argentina 7 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 10
Australia 11 5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
British Isles 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
England 6 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 5
Fiji 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 10
Namibia 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
New Zealand 10 5 0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Samoa 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
USA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 9 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 10
SQUAD LIST
South Africa The Castle Lager Rugby Championship - 2014
South Africa Castle Lager Incoming Series - 2014
Springboks Castle Lager Incoming Series - 2014
Cell C Sharks Vodacom Super Rugby - 2014
Cell C Sharks 2014 Super Rugby friendlies - 2014
2014 Springboks 2014 Springboks - 2014
South Africa Castle Lager Outgoing Tour - 2013
South Africa The Castle Lager Rugby Championship - 2013
The Sharks Absa Currie Cup Premier Division - 2013
South Africa Castle Lager Incoming Series - 2013
Sharks Vodacom Super Rugby - 2013
South Africa The Castle Rugby Championship - 2012
The Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2012
South Africa Castle Incoming Tours - 2012
Sharks Vodacom Super Rugby - 2012
South Africa IRB Rugby World Cup - 2011
The Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2011
Sharks Vodacom Super Rugby - 2011
South Africa Castle Tri-Nations - 2011
South Africa Outgoing Tours - 2010
Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2010
The Sharks Vodacom Super 14 - 2010
South Africa Vodacom Outgoing Tours - 2009
South Africa Vodacom Tri-Nations - 2009
Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2009
South Africa British & Irish Lions Tour - 2009
The Sharks Vodacom Super 14 - 2009
South Africa Vodacom Outgoing Tour - 2008
South Africa Vodacom Tri-Nations - 2008
The Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Premier Div - 2008
South Africa Vodacom Incoming Tours - 2008
The Sharks Vodacom Super 14 - 2008
South Africa IRB Rugby World Cup - 2007
South Africa Vodacom Outgoing Tour - 2007
South Africa XV Vodacom Outgoing Tour - 2007
The Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Premier Div - 2007
South Africa Vodacom Tri-Nations - 2007
Wildebeest Vodacom Cup - 2007
The Sharks Vodacom Super 14 - 2007
South Africa XV World Cup warm-up matches - 2007
South Africa World Cup warm-up matches - 2007
The Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2006
Wildebeest Vodacom Cup - 2006
The Sharks Vodacom Super 14 - 2006
The Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division - 2005
Natal ABSA Under 21 Competition - 2005
The Sharks ABSA Currie Cup Qualifying Round - 2005
Natal Wildebeest Vodacom Cup - 2005
Sharks Vodacom Super 12 - 2005
South Africa IRB U21 World Championships - 2005
Free State ABSA U20 Competition Section A - 2004
Free State ABSA U20 A Section - 2003
South Africa U/19 IRB FIRA-AER U19 World Championship - 2003
Free State Cheetahs Vodacom Cup - 2003

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