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Andre Markgraaff

Andries Thomas "Andre" Markgraaff (born on 23 December 1956)[1] was a South African rugby union lock, and controversial national coach, who resigned after he was taped referring to "fucking kaffirs".[2] He was selected for the South African team in 1986 against the Cavaliers but as an unused substitute. Markgraaff also represented Western Transvaal, Western Province, Griqualand West and the then South West Africa[3] in 20 games. He captained the South African Barbarians on a tour to Europe and the Junior Springboks.

In 1988, he became coach of Griqualand West. He became president of Griquas in 1991.[3]

In 1996, Markgraaff was appointed as the Springbok rugby coach.

In 1997 Markgraaff was forced to quit after his controversial racial statements,[4] when he referred to a black senior rugby administrator [5] In his apology, Markgraaff said

"I'm not making any excuses. I was very emotional at the time. I apologise to the black people of this country and to the whites for causing them embarrassment."[2]

During his short reign the Springboks won eight and lost five tests.

In 1998, Markgraaff took the Griquas to victory in the Vodacom Cup and then to the semifinals of the Currie Cup.[6] He also coached the Cats in Super Rugby and was a founder of the PUK Rugby Institute.

Markgraaff made a comeback in rugby administration and was the Deputy President of SARFU and the convener of SARFU's technical committee.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Andre Markgraaff rugby profile Scrum.com
  2. ^ a b http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/sa-rugby-coach-quits-over-racist-outburst-1279426.html
  3. ^ a b http://www.rugby365.com/schools/profiles/586158.htm
  4. ^ South Africa colour future without Jake White Times Online, 21 October 2007
  5. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/he-refused-to-room-with-a-black-teammate-for-some-the-era-of-apartheid-never-ended-537405.html
  6. ^ Griquas and Cheetahs meet in pick of the Currie Cup action Scrum.com, 20 July 2005
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kitch Christie
South Africa National Rugby Union Coach
1996–1996
Succeeded by
Carel du Plessis
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