|Birth name||Robert Frank Fleck|
|Date of birth||17 July 1975|
|Place of birth||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Height||6.0 ft (1.8 m)|
|Weight||15 st (95 kg)|
|University||University of Cape Town|
|Rugby union career|
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Robert Frank Fleck better known as Robbie (born 17 July 1975 in Cape Town) is a former rugby union footballer who played at centre for South Africa. He is also the current head coach of the Stormers Super Rugby team.
Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It is the legislative capital of South Africa and primate city of the Western Cape province. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.
Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts on each try line.
The South Africa national rugby union team, commonly known as the Springboks, is governed by the South African Rugby Union. The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts, and their emblems are the Springbok and the King Protea. The team has been representing South Africa in international rugby union since 30 July 1891, when they played their first test match against a British Isles touring team.
He made his international debut in the Tour of the UK & Ireland in 1998 and went on to make his test debut in 1999 against Italy.
Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a country in Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.
He played for Bath Rugby in the English Premiership for a number of seasons.
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Fleck attended Wynberg Boys' High School and Diocesan College in Cape Town.
Wynberg Boys' High School is a traditional boys' school in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Founded in 1841, it is the second oldest school in South Africa. It is also the alma mater of sportsmen such as Jacques Kallis and Allan Lamb.
The Diocesan College, or Bishops as it is more commonly known, is an independent, all-boys school situated in the suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town, South Africa. The school was established in 1849 by Robert Gray, Bishop of Cape Town.
At Bishops College Fleck played for their First XV in the same team alongside Herschelle Gibbs and Selborne Boome.
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