Former South African Rugby Union Player and CEO of Sharks Rugby Union

John is a former South African rugby union player and is currently chief executive officer of the Sharks Rugby Union. During his rugby career John became the 50th captain of the Springboks and led the team to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He played most of his senior career as a hooker, but also won 13 caps as a prop, where he had also played for South Africa’s under-21 team.

When he retired from international rugby following the 2011 Rugby World Cup he was the most-capped South African player ever, with 111 appearances. John was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011, while still active at club level, alongside all other World Cup-winning captains and head coaches from the tournament’s inception in 1987 through 2007.

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