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Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP

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List of the tallest Springboks ever

The Springboks have deployed some tall timber down the years, find out which ones rank as the tallest Springboks in history.

05-06-24 12:56
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Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP

The tallest players to pull on the green and gold of the Springboks have all played in either the current era or very recently.

Special mention here has to go to former Cheetahs lock JP Du Preez who is taller than anyone capped for the Springboks but has never played an international. Du Preez reportedly stands at 2,08 metres.


Eben Etzebeth has an incredible 119 Springbok caps to his name and comes in the top four of the tallest to ever pull on the jersey.

Etzebeth was called up to the Springbok team for the first time by Heyneke Meyer ahead of a three-match series against England in June 2012.

His mobility and ball-carrying skills are made that much more impressive coming from someone who is simply huge. He is also a star at charging down box kicks.

Etzebeth currently plays his franchise level rugby for the Sharks having signed for them ahead of the 2022/23 URC season.


Lood De Jager’s boyish visage belies the fact that he operates on a massive frame, sometimes billed as 2,05m or 2,06m.

Depending on how he styles his hair he would be considered either the third or second-tallest Springbok of all time.

De Jager played for the Leopards as a youth and also for NWU Pukke, the university team headquartered in Potchefstroom.

A health condition has threatened De Jager’s career and he might have played his last Test for the Springboks.


Another double Rugby World Cup winner in this group, Snyman scored the crucial try in the semi-final of the 2023 tournament against England.

Snyman cuts a far more intimidating figure than De Jager and gets through a whole lot of work around the park that doesn’t often get seen.

Snyman first represented the Blue Bulls in primary school when he competed in the 2008 Under-13 Craven Week competition.

He has been brilliant for Munster and was part of their URC-winning squad in the 2022/23 season.



“So tall he must have been born on a long weekend,” Warren Brosnihan once said of Andries Bekker.

The former Stormers and Springboks lock towered over opponents at 2,08m and still ranks as the tallest ever to wear the Green and Gold.

Bekker made his debut for the Springboks in 2008 against Wales in a 43–17 victory in Bloemfontein.

Bekker recently joined the coaching team of the Bulls under their DoR Jake White.