Stuart grew up in the beautiful Cape Province of South Africa. He attended Western Province Prep School in Cape Town. Not many people know this but Fraser Waters was also born in South Africa and was two years ahead of him in the same Prep school, Stuart confesses that Fraser used to bully him. Stuart then went to Diocesan College, which is commonly known as Bishops'. Springbok centre Robbie Fleck, and Selborne Boome went to the same school. After school he went to study a BA in Economics at Stellenbosch University and in his U21 year played for the Northern Free State Griffons in the local Currie Cup. He was later drafted into the Western Province 1st team, and went on to play in the South African U23 team. In 1999 during the World Cup, former Springbok fly half Joel Stransky was at the Leicester Tigers and he recommended Stuart to the Tigers and he got a two-month contact with them. In 2001 he got selected for the Stormers in the Super 12 and in November of that year got an offer to come to London Wasps. Stuart literally flew in for the weekend, liked it and as they say the rest is history. At 90kg he is not the biggest-built centre around, but don't let that fool you. His tackling is superb, and his general vision of the game, has made him a world-class player. Stuart joined The Men in Black in November 2001 and over the last year has established himself as one of the Zurich Premiership's top centres. Stuart's talent went noticed by Clive Woodward and he was selected for England earning his first cap against Wales in August 2003. After another fine performance against France two weeks later, the South African was selected for the 2003 England Rugby World Cup squad. One of the now 'famous five' Wasps World Cup winners, Stuart has had a difficult time since returning from Australia at the end of 2003. A shoulder injury saw him fly home early from the England tour to New Zealand in summer 2004. He returned to fitness at the tail end of 2004, but fractured his leg in Wasps' Heineken Cup fixture at Biarritz in January 2005, an injury that meant he missed the rest of the season. Stuart returned to full fitness for the start of the 2005-6 season, and his form earned him iimediate selection for Andy Robinson's 30-man squad for the 2005 Autumn Internationals. However, overlooked for the final 22 in all three games, and the opening stages of the Six Nations, it was not until England's final game against Ireland that Stuart got to pull on the white jersey. However, Stuart's success with England and in helping Wasps to the Powergen Cup was to be his last in a black and gold shirt, as he announced he was leaving at the end of 2005-6, in a shock to move local rivals Harlequins.
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