Chiliboy Ralepelle becomes the first black player to lead the Springboks against a World XV in England

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Chilliboy Ralepelle Source: www.supersport.com

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Rugby player, Mahlatse Chilliboy Ralepelle was born in Tzaneen on 11 September 1986. Ralepelle moved to Pretoria and attended Pretoria Boys High School, where he joined the rugby team. He was selected for the under- 15 squad in 2001 and the under-19 squad in 2004.

Ralepelle made history in 2006 when he became the first black rugby player to  captain the  Springboks. In 2010, his reputation was tainted when he was suspended following a drug test that proved positive. It was later discovered though that an energy drink contained a banned substance. Ralepelle was cleared. He currently plays for the Blue Bulls.

References:
• Who’s who Chiliboy Ralepelle South African Springbok Rugby player [online] Available at: www.whoswho.co.za [Accessed on 2 November 2012]
• Staff Reporter Committee clears Ralepelle and Basson from Mail & Guardian [online] Available at: http://mg.co.za [Accessed on 2 November 2012]

Last updated : 22-Nov-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 22-Nov-2012