Rudie van Vuuren

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Rudie van Vuuren
Rudie, Marlice & Zacheo van Vuuren.jpg
Rudie van Vuuren, wife Marlice and son, Zacheo
Personal information
Full nameRudolf Janse van Vuuren
Born (1972-09-20) 20 September 1972 (age 46)
Windhoek, South West Africa
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 13)16 February 2003 v Pakistan
Last ODI3 March 2003 v Netherlands
Career statistics
Competition ODI LA
Matches 5 21
Runs scored 26 60
Batting average 8.66 8.57
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 14 14*
Balls bowled 300 1,038
Wickets 8 28
Bowling average 37.25 30.14
5 wickets in innings 1 1
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 5/43 5/43
Catches/stumpings 0/– 4/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 22 June 2017

Rudolf Jansen van Vuuren (born 20 September 1972 in Windhoek, Namibia) is a Namibian physician, conservationist and former sportsman.

Rudie van Vuuren married Namibian conservationist Marlice van Vuuren in December 2000. Together, they run N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, he is the personal physician of the President of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob.


van Vuuren 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 and only man to compete in two sport codes, cricket and rugby union in World Cups in the same year.[1] He is the only Namibian to have taken five wickets in a One Day International, which he did against England.[2]

Conservation achievements[edit]

In 2005, Marlice and Rudie together with their long time friend Chris Heunis bought the farm Ovuuyo, 42 km outside of Windhoek where they started a conservation tourism organinisation and gave it the name N/a’an ku sê (Naankuse) which means God will protect us. N/'an ku sê has strong ties with Angelina Jolie and her family, specifically with her daughter Shiloh who was born in Namibia, N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary opened in 2007.[3]


  1. ^ The ten greatest sporting all-rounders – Guardian Unlimited
  2. ^ "Records / Namibia / One-Day Internationals / Best bowling figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Brangelina cash to help sanctuary". Daily Express. 2 January 2011.

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