Full name Mahlatse Ralepelle
Born September 11, 1986, Tzaneen
Current age 26 years 253 days
Major teams Blue Bulls, Bulls, South Africa
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 233 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2011-2011||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||100.00|
|The Rugby Championship||2006-2011||12||0||12||5||1||0||0||0||5||7||0||41.66|
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Pretoria, Aug 26, 2006 match details|
|Last Test||Namibia v South Africa at North Shore City, Sep 22, 2011 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Chiliboy Ralepelle is a South African hooker who made his Bulls and Springboks debut in the same year.
Indeed, just a few months after making his debut for his province in 2006, he won his first international cap as a replacement at his home ground at Loftus Versfeld. However, despite his rapid ascent up the rugby ladder, he could not force his way into the World Cup squad the following year.
In 2008, though, he was named on the tour of the UK and Ireland and made history when he became the youngest and the first black player to captain the Springboks when they met the World XV at Walkers Stadium in Leicester.
The following year he was named in the South Africa squad to play the British & Irish Lions and he started the third Test in Johannesburg, which resulted in a 28-9 defeat for the home side.
Ralepelle was included in the Springbok squad for their end-of-year tour of Great Britain and Ireland in 2010 but both he and Bjorn Basson were sent home after testing positive for a banned stimulant following the victory over Ireland in Dublin. Both players were immediately suspended from all rugby pending further investigation.