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Joel Stransky

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Joel Stransky - Motivational Speaker, Mc and National Sportsman - Johannesburg

Joel Theodore Stransky (born 16 July 1967) is a former South African rugby union footballer, most notable for scoring all of South Africa's points, including the famous dramatic winning drop goal, against New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. He played as a fly-half.

Stransky was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is of English and Czech descent and Jewish on his father's side. He was educated at Maritzburg College where he was coached under Skonk Nicholson, a well-known figure in schoolboy rugby. After his military conscription in Pretoria, he returned to Natal to study at the University of Natal.

In 1990 he was part of the Natal team that beat Northern Transvaal to win the Currie Cup for the first time, before he moved to Italy where he played for L'Aquila during the season 1991-92 and for San Donà in the 1992-93. Between 1993 and 1996, he gained 22 caps for his country.

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In 1995 he was part of the first South African rugby union team to play in a Rugby World Cup. South Africa had been banned from the previous World Cups because of the Apartheid regime. He played an integral part in the South African team and scored all the points for his team in the World Cup final against New Zealand, including a drop goal in the second period of extra time. This was the first Rugby World Cup final that went into extra time.

In 1997, he moved to Leicester Tigers, where he would play for a couple of seasons, winning the 1998–99 Allied Dunbar Premiership, and then become backs coach.

In the build up to the 1999 Rugby World Cup, it was suggested that Stransky could play for England. However, he discovered that he was not qualified to do so. He had also sustained a knee injury which made him an unsuitable candidate at the time.

In 2002, he was engaged by Bristol Rugby as a coach, but the offer was subsequently withdrawn. Stransky took legal action and was compensated.

He later returned to South Africa, and is a part-time rugby union television commentator.

In January 2007, Joel Stransky joined Altech Netstar (Pty) Ltd. as the Sales & Marketing director. In January 2008, he was appointed Managing Director, but has subsequently resigned. He is currently employed by the Steinhoff Group in a marketing and promotional capacity.

Rugby’s Joel Stransky had 22 caps (international appearances) for South Africa, between July 1993 and August 1996.

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The Springbok ‘fly-half’ earned a place in rugby immortality for his performance at the epic 1995 World Cup final versus New Zealand, when he scored all South Africa’s points, including a dramatic ‘drop goal’ that sealed the victory.

In the opening match of that same ‘95 World Cup versus Australia, Stransky became the first Springbok in history to score all four possible ways in one Test match:  a try, conversion, penalty goal, and drop goal.

Stransky joined England’s Leicester Tigers in 1997, scoring 100 points by his eighth game. He scored a club record 459 points in 1998, and finished his Leicester career with 896 career points in 73 matches.

Joel Stransky, a member of the 1995 Springboks team (number 10), was born on the 16th of July, 1967 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He kicked the winning points in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, giving victory to South Africa over New Zealand.

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