Naas Botha

Naas Botha
Rugby Naas Botha.jpg
Full nameHendrik Egnatius Botha
Date of birth(1958-02-27) 27 February 1958 (age 59)
Place of birthBreyten, South Africa
SchoolHo׫rskool Hendrik Verwoerd
UniversityUniversity of Pretoria
Rugby union career
Senior career
1987-92Rugby Rovigo119(1731)
Correct as of 11 August 2014
Provincial / State sides
1977-95Northern Transvaal179(2511)
Correct as of 11 August 2014
National team(s)
1986, 1992
South Africa
World XV
Correct as of 11 August 2014


Hendrik Egnatius Botha, often called Naas Botha (given birth to 27 Feb 1958) is a North Transvaal and Springboks previous Rugby union participant. He was voted Rugby Participant of the entire year in 1979, 1981, 1985 and 1987. Botha mainly performed in the fly-half placement and is currently a rugby commentator for the South African M-Net and Supersport Television channels.

Family and early career

Botha was created in the city of Breyten in the Eastern Transvaal (today Mpumalanga), South Africa and visited school in the Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd in Pretoria. As a kid, Botha aspired to playing professional football and requested a sport scholarship or grant in america. Botha was also a fantastic universities cricket and rugby player in addition to a hurdles athlete.Nevertheless, Botha was chosen to try out for the South African below-20 rugby group, where he caught the attention from the selectors while still students in the College or university of Pretoria. Because of this, Botha performed his first Check for the Springboks on 26 Apr 1980 at age 22 in the flyhalf placement against SOUTH USA at Wanderers, Johannesburg.

Rugby Union

Botha was most widely known for extremely accurate (both still left- and right-footed) kicking, which earned him the nickname "Nasty Booter" in the Uk press when the Uk Lions toured South Africa in 1980. He's best appreciated for his skills as an extremely effective drop-kicker in ruthless situations and can be considered to experienced a superb tactical knowledge of rugby.While Botha was sometimes criticised for avoiding physical get in touch with and not jogging using the ball, his handling from the ball was extremely deft and he could easily get his backline moving rapidly with accurate brief and longer range passing. Because of this, he have scored many attempts and contributed to numerous more. Nevertheless, some consider that he was relatively weak in protection. Even so, Danie Craven once stated, "Provide me Naas, and I'll overcome the globe!"Botha remained the best factors scorer in Springbok rugby background for several years, using a factors total of 312. His tally was transferred by Percy Montgomery on 17 July 2004. Nevertheless, Montgomery transferred him in his 50th match, while Botha acquired only performed in 28.Furthermore to his Springbok rugby-playing duties, Botha also played for the North Transvaal province (nicknamed the "Blou Bulle", this means "Blue Bulls", today their official name) from 1977 to 1995. During this time period his contributions made certain that they dominated local South African rugby and gained the Currie Glass nine situations (writing it double with Traditional western Province in 1979 and 1989). He was also captain from the province an archive 128 situations and scored an archive 2,511 factors (including 1,699 factors in the Currie Glass).

The 1981 tour and sporting bans

In 1981 Botha travelled using the Springboks to SOUTH USA; they subsequently defeat Ireland and France within their warm-up with their tour of New Zealand. Open public opinion was deeply divided over the brand new Zealand tour, but Botha and his fellow Springboks centered on playing rugby, that was produced difficult by activities such as for example pitch invasions and airplane fly-bys from protesters against South Africa's apartheid procedures. South Africa dropped the series 2–1, however the implications from the tour went significantly beyond rugby.As an indirect consequence of this tour, South Africa was prohibited with the International Rugby Panel from international competition until 1992, which meant aside from hosting the rebel New Zealand Cavaliers tour in 1986, Botha played couple of international video games. Domestically he comprised for it, nevertheless: in 15 periods playing for North Transvaal he performed in 11 Currie Glass finals, earning nine (two distributed) and credit scoring an archive 2,511 factors.

International career

In the pre-professional era that Botha performed in, being paid to try out rugby was always a controversial subject. Despite becoming handsomely paid "beneath the desk", Botha was from the opinion that he could earn much more in professional sport and therefore he travelled to america in 1983 within the invitation from the American soccer group the Dallas Cowboys to test like a placekicker. This move had not been successful, nevertheless, and he came back to South Africa to keep his rugby profession. Within the USA, Naas performed rugby using the Dallas Harlequins, where he led these to the 1984 USA Country wide Club Championships.In 1987, once more primarily for financial considerations, Botha relocated to the Italian club Rugby Rovigo, where he played 119 games and helped them win two Country wide Championships (in 1988 and 1990).

Return to the Springboks

Botha's profession lasted long a sufficient amount of for him to find out South Africa permit back to the international rugby flip also to play in one-off Exams against World Glass holders Australia and New Zealand. Both video games ended in beat and Botha after that toured France using the Springboks before bowing out within a 33–16 beat on 14 November 1992 at age 34 as flyhalf against Britain at Twickenham, London. He previously established countless Springbok information during his rugby profession and continues to be regarded as among the Springbok "greats".

Personal life

Botha is married to Karen, a ex - Springbok sportsman and longjump record-holder; the few possess three daughters, Kyla, Gaeby and Lee-gre, created between 1991 and 2004.Botha also offers a boy named Francois Jooste.

Career stats

Test Cover Record: Played 28, Won 19, Shed 9 Test Factors: 312 Attempts: 2 Fines: 50 Conversions: 50 Drop Goals: 23