Ex Springbok winger is still in unbelievable shape eleven years after retiring
Former South Africa winger Stefan Terblanche might have just gone and raised the bar for all retired players, and it is unlikely that they will be happy about that.
Despite now being the age of 48 and having retired eleven years ago, the 37-cap Springbok is on the front cover of Men’s Health South Africa currently, flaunting a body that some current Springboks could only dream of.
To any retired player that is suddenly feeling embarrassed about packing on the pounds since hanging up their boots, Terblanche is obviously a bit of an anomaly. After all, you do not end up shirtless on the front cover of Men’s Health if you are not an anomaly. The theme of the latest issue is ‘Fit At Any Age’ and it is hard to argue that the ex Bok is in ridiculously good shape.
Take a look:
Introducing Stefan Terblanche for our Fit at Any Age Collector’s Edition.
If you’re a rugby fan, you’re instantly recognise Stefan Terblanche as a player with serious staying power. pic.twitter.com/RYdtxfnncu
— Men’s Health ZA (@MensHealthZA) July 13, 2023
Terblanche made his international debut for South Africa in 1998 against Ireland, scoring four tries in the match. He went on to play 37 Tests for the Springboks, scoring 19 tries. Terblanche was a member of the South African team that won the 1998 Tri Nations. He also played in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups.
At club level, Terblanche played for the Boland Cavaliers, Sharks, Ospreys, and Ulster. He was a prolific try scorer, and he holds the Boland Cavaliers record for most tries in a season (20 in 1997) and for career tries (49). He retired in 2012 at the age of 37 after a year with Ulster. He clearly took care of himself in order to extend his career into his late 30s and it looks as though nothing has changed since he retired.