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Andries Bekker
Date of birth (1983-12-05) 5 December 1983 (age 39)
Place of birth Goodwood, Cape Town, South Africa
Height 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Weight 121 kg (267 lb)
School Paul Roos Gymnasium
University University of South Africa
Notable relative(s) Hennie Bekker (father)
Occupation(s) Professional rugby player
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Kobelco Steelers
Correct as of 15 January 2017
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2013 Stormers 104 (75)
Correct as of 2 June 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2012 South Africa South Africa 29 (5)
Correct as of 14 April 2013

Andries Bekker (born 5 December 1983 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for the Springbok rugby team as well as Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League.

Playing career

Bekker made his South African debut in 2008 against Wales in a 43–17 victory in Bloemfontein.

At 6'11" he is one of the tallest international rugby players, but he only made the Springbok side regularly after the retirement of locks Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield. He is the son of former Springbok International Hennie Bekker who was also a lock.

Holding the record for being the tallest Springbok in history, Andries Bekker was an imposing figure in the DHL Stormers lineout. Despite his large physique, he is blessed with mobility and pace; aspects which have seen him become an integral part of the current Springbok squad. His experience and all-round ability was to be crucial to the success of a relatively young pack in 2010.

In 2013 Bekker agreed to a move to Japanese club Kobelco Steelers. He announced his retirement in January 2018.


Bekker was a Vodacom Super 14 Rugby Player of the Year nominee in 2008.

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