Phendulani Sikhizane Hendrick "Phepsi" Buthelezi, born on 30 May 1999 in Hluhluwe, South Africa, is a talented South African rugby union player who serves as the captain for the Sharks in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup, as well as the Sharks XV in the Rugby Challenge. With a height of 1.88 meters and weighing 102 kilograms, Buthelezi excels as a dynamic and powerful loose forward on the rugby field.
Buthelezi first gained recognition when he was selected as a member of the Junior Springbok squad for the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship. His exceptional performances during the warm-up matches in Stellenbosch and the UK earned him a call-up to the U20 Championship as an injury replacement, showcasing his skill and potential at an international level.
In May 2019, Buthelezi was appointed as the captain of the Junior Springbok team for the World Rugby U20 Championship, further highlighting his leadership qualities and talent. As a young player with immense potential, he displayed his ability to thrive under pressure and lead his team with determination and composure.
Buthelezi made his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks in 2019, marking the beginning of his professional rugby career. With his physicality, agility, and strong ball-carrying skills, he quickly made an impact on the field, earning respect from teammates and opponents alike.
Recognized as a future star in South African rugby, Buthelezi's ascent to the top of the game has been nothing short of remarkable. His dedication, skill set, and leadership qualities have already made him a key figure in the Sharks' squad, and his performances continue to impress fans and pundits alike.
As he continues to develop his game and showcase his talent, Phendulani Buthelezi has the potential to become a prominent figure in South African rugby, both at the domestic and international levels. His journey as a player is one to watch, and he undoubtedly has a bright future ahead.
|2019 - present|
|2019 - present|
|South Africa A
|2022 - present|
|South Africa U20's
|2018 - 2019|