Rugby World Cup 2019: Malcolm Marx (South Africa)

Born: July 13, 1994 in Germiston, South Africa  

Position: Hooker

Club: Lions

Height: 1.88m

Weight: 114kgs

Caps:  27

Despite the obvious credentials of Dane Coles, Malcolm Marx holds the mantel as the world's best hooker.

A brute around the park with ball in hand, Marx is also South Africa's best breakdown forward and a wall in defence.

The former flanker made his test debut for South Africa during the 2016 Rugby Championship, but really came of age as an international force against the All Blacks in 2018.

In a losing effort, Marx produced one of the best individual test match performances of the last four years. 

The No.2 scored a try, had an assist and produced double-digit turnovers, including four in four tackles.

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