Player Profile: Pierre Spies

Pierre Spies

Position: Back row
Height: 1.94 m (6′ 4″)
Weight: 104 kg (16 st 5 lb)
Date of Birth: 8th June 1985
Birthplace: Pretoria

Pierre Spies is tipped to be one of the players of this year’s Rugby World Cup. He burst on to the international scene for South Africa last year with some outstanding performances that won him the Newcomer of the Year award from the International Rugby Players Association.

Along with Schalk Burger and Juan Smith, Spies makes up one of the strongest back rows in world rugby. Whilst a physical player with excellent hands, Spies’ pace stand him out from the others. Until recently, he played on the wing, representing the U19 side in this position.

If Spies can cut down on the number of penalties he concedes, he will make a significant impact at the tournament. For South Africa to progress, they will look to the likes of Burger, Brian Habana and Spies to perform – and at just 22, Spies already looks as if he is up to the task.

In the video below, watch Spies making a great run from the base of the scrum, and then scoring a couple of tries.

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8 thoughts on “Player Profile: Pierre Spies

  1. Cannot wait to see Pierre back on the field doing his thing. Glad that he made such a good recovery as I am his biggest fan. mwah

  2. Hi Pierre, Jacobus moet more oor sy gunsteling sport praat wat natuurlik rugby is en sy sprot held is natuurlik Pierre Spies. Ek is al te bewus van jou doen en late tydens jou Affie dae , maar weet niks van jou laerskoolloopbaan nie.

    In watter laerskool was jy? Aan watter sport het jy daar deelgeneem? Was jy op laerskool ook ‘n prefek? Laat weet my asb. Sterkte met die game wat voorlê.

    Groete, Kobus Louw

  3. Buiten dat hy ‘n uitstekende rugby speler is het hy die mooiste wonderlikste geaardheid, hy het altyd tyd vir Andre wat self ‘n groot lewenskrisis op 4 gehad het, maar oorwin het en 10 jaar later baie goed vaar in sport, hierdie hero van hom het baie daarmee te doen en is nog altyd daar met ‘n bemoediging en as jy aan die aftree is Piere sal Andre bo wees en dan kan jy hom deur hierdie fame life ook neem, ek glo dit gaan nogal dol!!! Jou grootste supporters uit Walvisbaai!!!

  4. Pierres Spies – super fit player pulls out on the eve of the last World Cup with ‘blood clots on his lungs’. Funny that. Can any of you South Africans out there throw some light on this ?

  5. Hoe wonderlik is dit nie om te sien as Pierre alle dank en glorie aan God bring vir sy sukses op die rugbyveld nie! En dit gaan dan sommer ook aan al die spelers wat eer aan Hom bring en dankie se vir hul talente. Julle is soveel jong kinders se helde en julle stel n wonderlike voorbeeld!

  6. Pierre, ons skool het ‘n sportdinee op die 8ste Oktober en ons sal graag met jou wil kontak maak indien jy dalk beskikbaar sal wees om as spreker op te tree. Kan jy dalk aan ons ‘n e-mail stuur en dan kan ons verder per e-pos kommunikeer.

  7. Pierre,
    Ek het in besit gekom van 2 videobande waarop jou pa een van die sprekers was by Woord in Aksie op Mabula. Ek het dit oorgesit op DVD. Sou jy belangstel in ‘n copy kan jy my kontak dan kan ons reël hoe ek dit by jou kan kry.
    (±1993-1994)
    Groete
    Rika Viljoen

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