Province: KwaZulu-Natal (2007)
Springbok number: 787
Test debut: 7 July 2007 vs Australia in Sydney aged 23
Total tests: 72
Tour matches: 2
Total Springbok matches: 74
Win ratio: 51-20-1
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 (44).
He also holds the record for the Test tries by a Springbok hooker (9).