A teenage sensation as both a 100m sprinter and footballer, Lizo Gqoboka grew up in the Eastern Cape village of Tabankulu, having never played rugby at school. After moving to KwaZulu-Natal to further his studies, Lizo was encouraged to join the Durban Collegians Rugby Club, where his athleticism saw the powerful youngster feature as a No. 8 and second rower, before moving to prop. Gqoboka’s raw power was clear for all to all see, and after moving back to the Eastern Cape, he joined Eastern Province for their U21 Currie Cup campaign. The then 21-year-old made his senior professional debut in the 2012 Vodacom Cup a few months later, where he was a standout performer in a struggling outfit.
Lizo’s dominant scrummaging displays caught the attention of the Bulls, and they summarily signed him ahead of their 2016 Super Rugby campaign. John Mitchell’s ball-in-hand approach was perfectly suited to the incredibly quick Gqoboka, and the now seasoned campaigner began to make the number one jersey his own. The 2019/20 season was a turning point for the destructive ball-carrier, who not only earned a loan spell at Montpellier in the Top 14, but also enjoyed a Springbok test match debut against Argentina. As he enters his thirties, Lizo Gqoboka is very much in his prime, as his performances will show.
DOB: 24 March 1990
Position: Loosehead Prop
Current Team: Blue Bulls
2020 - 2021
Bulls (Super Rugby SA), Blue Bulls (Currie Cup)
2019 - 2020
South Africa (Rugby Championship), Montpellier (Top 14)
2016 - 2018
Bulls (Super Rugby), Blue Bulls (Currie Cup)
2012 - 2015
Eastern Province (Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup)
2011 - 2013
Eastern Province (U21 Currie Cup), NMMU (Varsity Cup)