Bakkies Botha

22nd Sep 1979 2.02m/124kg No 4 Lock

The Bizarre Story of How Victor Matfield Was Finally Coaxed into Joining Toulon

4 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Several months before the 2007 World Cup in France, Tana Umaga had successfully convinced Wallaby stalwart George Gregan to take up with Toulon.   As excited as he was at the new prospect, in Gregan’s...

World Cup winning lock Eben Etzebeth signs fresh terms at Toulon

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

World Cup Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth has signed a new deal with Top 14 club Toulon. The 28-year-old has extended his stay at the French club by signing a new three-year deal with the club that...

10 Great Sledges in Rugby

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Fans and players love a good verbal joust on the pitch from time to time. While more common in the sphere of, say, cricket, a bit of sledging is no foreign concept on the rugby field. We take a look at...

11 Years on from Jaque Fourie and Morne Steyn's heroics

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

11 Years to the day, the Springboks claimed a series victory over the British and Irish Lions with a 28-25 win in a classic Test match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.   With tempers flaring...

South African Super Rugby All-Star Team

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Although slightly low on titles, South Africa has contributed some world-class players to Super Rugby. Here follows a look at an all-star team picked from over the 25 years of the competition's existence.     1....

Ultimate Rugby's All Time European Imported XV

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Since rugby went professional in 1995, European clubs have searched the market to sign top players to help propel them to glory both domestically and in Europe.   We have picked a XV of...

The Toulon 23 That Won The Heineken Cup For The Second Time

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

In 2014, Toulon went back to back winning their second Heineken Cup under Bernard Laporte.  The side a season before featured some of the best players in the world in the...

Top 14 Dream Team XV

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

TOP14 fans have voted for their dream TOP14 XV and it really is jam-packed with superstars!   Argentina, South Africa, England and Australia are represented in the team with the All Blacks...

Throwback: The Two Star Studded FRENCH Line Ups That Contested The 2013 Champions Cup Final

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Cast your mind back to 2013, Barack Obama is still the president of America, The All Blacks are still Rugby World Champions, the Lions are preparing for their tour to Australia and two French sides have...

WATCH: Bakkies 'The Enforcer' Botha's Test Debut For The Springboks

3 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Bakkies Botha built a reputation has one of the most physically abrasive second rowers in World Rugby during an illustrious test career that saw him earn 85 test caps over 12 years.    His...