South African who played for the Stormers from 2005 to 2013 before joining the Kobelco Steelers.
He made his South African debut against Wales in 2008.
He became the tallest player ever to play for Springbok at 6'11".
He divorced his then-wife Pioni in 2010.
He became a regular starter on the Springbok side after the retirement of Bakkies Botha.