BIG Bok legend drops in at Port Shepstone Country Club

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Former Springbok lock Rudi “Vleis” Visagie teed it up at Port Shepstone Country Club on Saturday.

The gargantuan, who played five Tests in the Green and Gold, is still recognised as the heaviest-ever Springbok, tipping the scales at 138kg during his playing days while standing 1.98m tall.

Visagie was back on the course on Tuesday, a clear indication that he enjoys what one of the jewels of the “Golf Coast” has to offer.

Visage made his provincial debut for the Free State in 1980 and made 109 appearances for the men from Bloemfontein during a seven-season spell.

The man-mountain made the move to Natal in 1987, where he became a cult hero and also played 109 matches in seven seasons.

A barnstorming ball-carrier, Visagie made his Springbok debut at the age of 24 against England at Boet Erasmus Stadium in Port Elizabeth in 1984.

He started in the No.4 jersey, where he locked the scrum with fellow debutant Schalk Burger (Snr). The Springboks, captained by flank Theuns Stofberg and featuring other legends like Divan Serfontein, Errol Tobias, Danie Gerber and Carel du Plessis, triumphed 33-15.

Visagie played in all four Tests in the 1984 season, which South Africa finished unbeaten. The big man had to wait another nine years for his fifth and final test against France in Durban, which ended in a 20-all draw.

He also toured with the Springboks to Australia in 1993. The then-33-year-old didn’t feature in any Tests Down Under but played in four tour matches and scored a try.

Photo: BT King (left) from South Coast Hospice meets Springbok legend Rudi “Vleis” Visagie at Port Shepstone Country Club, where she assists with Covid-19 screening every Saturday.

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