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Joel Stransky

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Joel Stransky, a member of the 1995 Springboks team (number 10), was born on the 16th of July, 1967 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  He kicked the winning points in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, giving victory to South Africa over New Zealand. 

International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame provides a brief background on Stransky:

Rugby’s Joel Stransky had 22 caps (international appearances) for South Africa, between July 1993 and August 1996.

The Springbok "fly-half" earned a place in rugby immortality for his performance at the epic 1995 World Cup final versus New Zealand, when he scored all South Africa’s points, including a dramatic ‘drop goal’ that sealed the victory.

In the opening match of that same '95 World Cup versus Australia, Stransky became the first Springbok in history to score all four possible ways in one Test match:  a try, conversion, penalty goal, and drop goal.

Stransky joined England’s Leicester Tigers in 1997, scoring 100 points by his eighth game. He scored a club record 459 points in 1998, and finished his Leicester career with 896 career points in 73 matches.

Today, in South Africa, he runs a company which employs hundreds of people.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Dec 06, 2019


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Photo of Joel Stransky, wearing Springbok number 10, online courtesy International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

 

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