Our team of coaches is made up of some of SA’s rugby legends – not only are they record-breaking and history-making, they are also ripping it up with fans and followers on social media. We look into the top five legends of SA rugby and their twitter profiles.


John Smit

Position: Springbok Hooker and prop, 2000 – 2011, he also took on the responsibility of CEO of the Cell C Sharks and was the 50thSpringbok captain

Known for: Captained the SA Springbok team during the 2007 World Cup, leading the team to a historic victory. He also held the record for the worlds most-capped rugby captain by the end of his career and currently is the third most-capped Springbok player with a total of 111 caps.

Twitter: @JohnSmit123

Followers: 229 599


Braam van Straaten

Position: Springbok Flyhalf and centre, 1999 – 2001

Known for: SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee in 2001 for scoring 2 tries and achieving 21 caps during his three-year Springbok career. He now holds the titles of former kicking coach for the Australian team and current assistant coach of the Sharks.

Twitter: @BraamvStraaten1

Followers: 1 749


Tonderai Chavhanga

Position: Springbok Wing, 2005 – 2008

Known for: Holds the Springbok record for most tries in a test (6), during the South Africa vs Uruguay test game in 2005 in East London.

Twitter: @tchavhanga

Followers: 1 086


James Small

Position: Springbok Wing and Fullback, 1992 – 1997

Known for: SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee in 1993. He also held the title of most Test tries by a Springbok during his SA rugby career. He scored a total of 20 tries during this time.

Twitter: @JamesTerenceSm1

Followers: 29 150


Gcobani Bobo

Position: Former Springbok Centre, 2003 – 2008

Known for: Demonstrating significantly superior speed on the field throughout his rugby career. He is also a popular rugby commentator and a co-author of the book “The Rise of the Dagger”.

Twitter: @gcobanibobo

Followers: 4 616

Make sure you are following these rugby legends to learn from the best and be sure to come and meet our legendary team of international rugby icons at our upcoming courses this June ( https://investecacademy.com/this-june-its-time-to-up-your-game/