Full name Joel Theodore Stransky
Born July 16, 1967, Pietermaritzburg
Current age 49 years 40 days
Major teams Leicester Tigers, South Africa
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 189 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1995-1995||5||4||1||61||1||4||13||3||5||0||0||100.00|
|The Rugby Championship||1996-1996||3||3||0||39||1||2||10||0||1||2||0||33.33|
|Test debut||Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Jul 31, 1993 match details|
|Last Test||South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Aug 31, 1996 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Fly-half Stransky cemented his place in the hearts and minds of the nation by kicking the drop goal that saw South Africa claim the sport's biggest prize. He also wrote his name in the history books in the opening match of the tournament when he became the first Springbok to score a try, a conversion, a penalty and a drop goal in the same game - a 27-18 win over defending champions, Australia.
He had previously tasted Currie Cup success with Natal in 1990 before embarking on a stint in Italy with first L'Aquila then San Dona. He debuted for the Springboks in 1993 having returned to Natal and would prove to be a key player in the international set-up until his final appearance in 1996.
He moved to English side Leicester in 1997 and a sensational return to the international stage with England was on the cards before the qualification door was slammed shut. A bitter court wrangle with Bristol preceded his return to South Africa where he has since combined business interests with media work.