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Eight rugby union stars who come from Jewish backgrounds

There are very few rugby players, current or former, league or union who have played at the top of rugby and consider themselves Jewish.

Here are eight players who are Jewish or come from a Jewish background:


1. Joel Stransky 

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The famous number 10 booted himself into history, and legendary status, from a single inspired action that took no longer than a heartbeat.

The Springbok pivot taking a long bullet pass from Joost van der Westhuizen in the dying minutes of extra time to decisively take the drop kick that won South Africa the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Stransky was born in Johannesburg and schooled at Maritzburg. In all, he played 22 tests for South Africa, winning 16 but, frankly, most South Africans wouldn’t have minded if he’d lost 21 of those tests as long as he won on the 24th June 1995.


2. David Horwitz 

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The 23-year-old became Australia’s first Jewish Super Rugby player when he ran out onto the field for his Super Rugby debut for the NSW Waratahs in 2016. He then played for the Barbarians against the Wallabies earlier this year.

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