As of October 11, 2011 National: October 11, 2011
John Philip " Bakkies " Botha ( born September 22, 1979 in Newcastle) is a South African rugby union player who plays in the second row for the South African national team and for the RC Toulon. It was founded in 2007 with the " Springboks " world champion.
Botha played before his debut for the Men's National Team South Africa in 2002 against France for the U19, U23 and the reserve team. Since then he is with Victor Matfield one of the best partnerships in the second row in international rugby. Both have so far played 46 times together in the national team, they also belong to the same province association and franchise on. Botha said of their relationship:
Botha in 2003 was part of the South African national team for the World Cup, where he placed three experiments. The Tri Nations the following year with South Africa he succeeded the second title after 1998. His second World Cup he played in 2007, which was won. The Tri Nations 2008 he reached his 50th game at historic win against New Zealand in Dunedin. Due to an injury he could not participate in another tournament. He returned in the autumn of the year to win with South Africa against all British teams and inflict the heaviest home defeat of the history of England, among others. In 2009 he was part of the squad in South Africa during the meeting with the British and Irish Lions. The series against the Springboks, the Lions win 2-1. Then succeeded the third title in the Tri Nations.
Took with the Bulls, for Botha since 2002 in the Super 14, he won the 2007, 2009 and 2010 the championship. The Currie Cup he won four times. In the season 2011/12 he moved to France for RC Toulon.