Steven Kitshoff is a South African rugby player. The World Class DHL Stormers and Springboks loosehead prop has developed into one of the most powerful carriers and scrummagers of his generation. The 120-kilogram behemoth has won 47 caps for his country, as well as won the Rugby Championship and the World Cup in a ground-breaking season in 2019.
Steven first broke through during the 2011 season, making five substitute appearances for the DHL Stormers and then five Currie Cup appearances for Western Province while still only a teenager. He became more of a regular during 2012, nailing down the number 1 jersey for both the Stormers and Western Province, and also winning the Currie Cup title with Western Province in an impressive win over the Kwa-Zulu Natal Sharks in Durban. He was also a member of the South Africa Under-20 team that won the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship.
His 2013 Super Rugby campaign was solid and he carried that form into the Currie Cup later in the year, where he was an ever-present as Western Province reached a second consecutive Currie Cup final, this time defeated at home by the Sharks.
2014 was a year of frustration as he succumbed to a season-ending injury towards the end of the Super Rugby season, which ruled him out of Western Province’s successful Currie Cup campaign in which they lifted the title for the second time in 3 years with a narrow win over the Golden Lions at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.
In February 2015, it was revealed that Steven would join French Top 14 side Bordeaux at the conclusion of the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division season.
Steven made his debut for the Springboks in 2016 and was named in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final. Steven married Aimee Steenkamp on 7 December 2018.