Who is the tall guy on the South Africa rugby team? JP du Preez JP du Preez is quite possibly the tallest rugby player in South Africa. The lock is one imposing figure with a tremendous work-rate and without a doubt the tallest player in every team he has represented at 2.09m. He joined the Toyota Cheetahs from the Lions in 2018, where he played for the team from the Highveld in the Super Rugby. He has the distinction of being the tallest player ever to play in the Guinness PRO14. Despite being as tall as he is, and tipping the scales at 115kg, he is also very mobile in the park. He signed a contract with the Sale Sharks in 2021 and at the end of that year announced his move to Glasgow Warriors.