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Unsung Hero: Januarie, Rossouw seize the moment

After tripping up Frans Malberbe to the main stage, Danie Rossouw now faces the next challenger in the series to determine the most unheralded Springbok.

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Rossouw won 67% of the vote in last week’s clash with Malherbe, who previously barged over Butch James following his duel with Albert van den Berg.

Now, Rossouw faces Ricky Januarie, who wrote his name into the history books with his 75th-minute try against the All Blacks in the 2008 Tri-Nations that gave the Boks their first win at the infamous House of Pain.

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The diminutive scrumhalf broke away from a ruck just outside the All Blacks’ 10-metre line, chipped over the head of Leon MacDonald, regathered possession and dived over the tryline to set up Frans Steyn for the match-winning conversion.

Januarie, who scored the first of his five tries for the Boks on debut against Uruguay in 2005, was capped 47 times by his country, and was a member of Jake White’s World Cup-winning squad in 2007.

He was unfortunately forced to play understudy to the highly impressive Fourie Du Preez throughout his international career, yet the nuggety halfback seized every opportunity in the green and gold with aplomb.

Januarie started his professional career with the Lions in the Currie Cup and the Cats in Super Rugby, before representing Western Province and the Stormers, and then moved to France where he featured for Lyon, La Rochelle and Agen until his retirement in 2019.

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