Joggie ‘Bear’ Viljoen was still enjoying a distinguished career playing for the Manawatu Turbos in the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup. The former Springbok halfback, son of another Springbok halfback Joggie Viljoen Snr, was also a Hurricanes halfback in 2000.
He played seven matches for the Hurricanes as a back up to first choice number nine Jason Spice, after sparking a positive turnaround for Northland in the 1999 NPC. He played a second full season with Northland in 2000 before heading back home to South Africa.
Previously he had been a Springbok tourist to Argentina, France and Wales in 1996, a two-time South African U21 halfback and had spent three years playing Super 12 and Currie Cup rugby for the Stormers.
Born in Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Viljoen was a teenaged sporting prodigy, playing for South Africa Schools, as well as playing in the Eastern Province Schools cricket team for three years. A star in both sports, Viljoen had to decide between the two, deciding upon rugby ahead of selection for Western Province, whom he went on to win the Currie Cup with in 1997.