Links between South Africa and Australia date back to the earliest days of European settlement, when food and livestock were supplied from the Cape of Good Hope to the British penal colony in Australia. Australia’s first vine stock also came from South Africa.
According to the 2016 Australian census, 162,449 Australians were born in South Africa. Also in the Census 118,960 residents claimed South African ancestry.
Sydney has the largest number of South African-born residents, followed by Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.
TEAM SOUTH AFRICA
Have you ever wanted to pull on your national jumper and represent your country?
Playing Footy 9s gives you an opportunity to do just that! It’s a fun and exciting new sport, with both full contact (tackling) and non-contact (no tackling) options to choose from.
If you are of South African descent and keen to represent South Africa, please join the Team South Africa Facebook group.
Stehan du Preez
Captain, South Africa Lions
Footy 9s has done a lot for us in this great country we now call home, and we are extremely grateful for that. Team South Africa keeps growing in numbers and we’ll be back next year!