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Player Profile(#14)…Rudi Van Vuuren(Namibia)

Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 2, 2008

Player Profile(#14)…Rudi van Vuuren(Namibia):

Rudi van Vuuren

Rudi van Vuuren

Dr Rudolph Janse van Vuuren (born 1972-09-20 in Windhoek, Namibia) is a Namibian sportsman. He is best known for representing his country in both the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup; as a result he became the first man to compete in the final stages of world-cup competitions in cricket and rugby union in the same year. A decent fly-half, he was injured for much of Namibia’s rugby campaign, including their 142-0 defeat against the defending champions Australia, but he came on to make history as a late replacement against Romania. He is the only Namibian so far to have taken five wickets in a One Day International, which he did against England.

Van Vuuren is a Physician by trade.

In the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Australian Darren Lehmann hit van Vuuren for 28 runs in a single over. His five matches in cricket’s version were mixed affairs – van Vuuren was hammered for a then-record 28 in one over by Darren Lehmann, but he gained some solace in taking 5 for 43 against England. At the time, this was more runs than any other bowler had conceded in an over in a World Cup, though this was surpassed when Herschelle Gibbs hit six sixes in one Daan van Bunge over during the 2007 World Cup.

Rudi van Vuuren

Rudi van Vuuren

Links:

  • The ten greatest sporting all-rounders – Guardian Unlimited
  • Rudi van Vuuren at Cricket Archive
  • Rudi van Vuuren at Rugby Heaven
  • Rudi van Vuuren at BBC Sport
  • Rudi van Vuuren starts up new clinic New Harnas clinic at Epukiro brings hope.

    *Acknowlegements to Cricinfo.com, Wikipedia.org, Youtube.com, and associated links

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