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