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Mouritz Botha
England
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Full name Mouritz J. Botha
Born January 29, 1982, Vryheid
Current age 32 years 206 days
Major teams England Saxons, Saracens, England
Position Lock
Height 6 ft 6 in
Weight 249 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2011-2012 10 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 1 55.00
Five/Six Nations 2012-2012 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 80.00

Career statistics
Test debut England v Wales at Twickenham, Aug 6, 2011 match details
Last Test England v South Africa at Twickenham, Nov 24, 2012 match details
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English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 2009-2014 89 54 35 0 0 0 0 0 66 21 2 75.28
Saracens 2009-2014 89 54 35 0 0 0 0 0 66 21 2 75.28
Profile

Born and raised in South Africa, Botha made his mark in English rugby with Bedford Blues after being spotted rising through the Bedford Athletic ranks. The lock impressed in the 2009 Mobbs Memorial match between the East Midlands side and the Barbarians and signed for Saracens later that summer, where he quickly rose to prominence alongside former England skipper Steve Borthwick.

Botha began his pursuit of Test honours with England by starting all three of the Saxons' matches of the final Churchill Cup in 2011 - after helping Sarries to a maiden Premiership title - and his performances earned him a call-up to Martin Johnson's 45-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup. While he missed the cut for the travelling party, Botha did win a first cap during England's warm-up games.

Just months later, and under the tutelage of interim England coach Stuart Lancaster, Botha took full advantage of injuries in the second-row department and started all five of England's games in the Six Nations. A homecoming followed as three further caps came on tour to South Africa that summer, although the ferocious Springboks didn't lay down the welcome mat to a prodigal son.

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Apr 5, 2014
Saracens' Mouritz Botha crashes over
Saracens' Mouritz Botha crashes over
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Aug 14, 2013
Saracens' Mouritz Botha looks for support
Saracens' Mouritz Botha looks for support
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Apr 14, 2013
Saracens' lock Mouritz Botha is felled by Worcester
Saracens' lock Mouritz Botha is felled by Worcester
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Dec 8, 2012
Munster's Dave O'Callaghan gets to grips with Mouritz Botha
Munster's Dave O'Callaghan gets to grips with Mouritz Botha
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