Who is Ox Nché? Biography and all the details here

Who is Ox Nché? Biography and all the details here

Grace Waruguru
March 1, 2024 at 5:10 AM

Who is Ox Nché, and what do you need to know about him? The South African athlete is a talented rugby player representing his home country and has played for several other clubs. Check out Ox Nché's biography and all the further exciting details in this article.

Ox Nché is a South African rugby player
Ox Nché plays for the Springboks and the Durban Sharks. Photo: @ox_nche (Modified by author)
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Retshegofaditswe 'Tshego' Nché goes by the alias ‘Ox’ thanks to his exceptional scrums and breakdowns prowess stemming from his strength and tenacity. Keep reading to get acquainted with his career achievements, and personal details.

Ox Nché's profile summary

Full name

Retshegofaditswe 'Tshego' Nché


28 years old (As of 2024)


Ox Nché

Date of birth

July 23rd, 1995

Place of birth

Bloemfontein, South Africa


South African


Keitumetse Nché


Fox Nché

Relationship status



Kaya Kuropas


5 feet, 8 inches



Hair colour


Eye colour



Free State University


Professional rugby player


Loosehead prop

Social media

Instagram, X (Twitter)

How old is Ox Nché?

Professional rugby player Ox Nché (aged 28 years old in February 2024) was born on July 23rd, 1995, in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

How tall is Ox Nché?

Nché stands at a height of 5 feet and 8 inches (1.73 meters) and weighs 117 kg. The athlete has black hair and brown eyes.

Ox Nche in October 2023
Ox Nché poses for a photo with his medal after the Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and South Africa on October 28, 2023, in Paris, France. Photo: Julian Finney (Modified by author)
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Who are Ox Nché's parents?

Nché's mother is Keitumetse Nché, but the player has yet to discuss his father. Ox grew up alongside three siblings and his sister, Goitsioone Nché, popularly known as Fox Nché, is also a professional rugby player and plays in the position of a prop like her brother.


Retshegofaditswe attended HTS Louis Botha, a rugby school in Bloemfontein. He later joined Free State University for a degree in Geography and Statistics and participated in the Under-16 and Under-18 tournaments.

Is Ox Nché married?

There are no verified sources indicating Ox is married or dating anyone. According to our research as of 1 March 2024, he does not seem to have a girlfriend, partner or children.

Ox Nche in October 2023
Ox Nché at the Rugby World Cup 2023 quarter-final match between France and South Africa at Stade de France on October 15, 2023, in Paris, France. Photo: Philippe Lecoeur (Modified by author)
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Ox spent his youth career with the Free State Cheetahs. In 2011, the athlete was part of the Under-16 Grant Khomo week in Queenstown. In 2012, Ox competed at the Under-18 Craven Week competition, the premier high school rugby union competition in South Africa.

Nché was later selected to the South African Schools squad that competed against France, Wales, and England, starting the match against England after substituting the first two. In 2015, he was named in the UFS Shimlas squad for the 2015 Varsity Cup competition.

Ox Nche in September 2023
Ox Nché at a media conference at Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage on September 29, 2023, in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France. Photo: Steve Haag (Modified by author)
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Ox's professional debut was in 2016 when he competed at the Super Rugby 2016. That same year, he won the Currie Cup with the Free State Cheetahs and was named the Currie Cup Player of the Year. The win was the team's first in nine years. In 2019, after the Cheetahs were dropped from the Pro14 roster, the 28-year-old moved to the Durban Sharks and continued his stellar performance in his new team.

Retshegofaditswe joined the Under-20 Springboks squad in 2015, scoring one try against New Zealand in the final match. In 2017, he played for South Africa 'A' against the French Barbarians. His test debut for the main ream was in 2018 during a match against Wales. However, he had to wait until 2021 for his next cap.

Nché was part of the crew that faced the British and Irish Lions in a historic tour in 2021, playing as a replacement in two tests. In 2023, the prop was part of the World Cup in France, serving as a substitute when his country defeated England in the semis. Before the World Cup, Ox cited in an interview,

I’d give a lot to get the Webb Ellis back home. As much as we have our challenges as a country back home, some good news is always helpful.
Ox Nche in October 2023
Ox Nché at the South Africa men's national rugby team training session at Stade des Fauvettes on October 23, 2023, in Domont, France. Photo: Steve Haag (Modified by author)
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Ox Nché's net worth

According to Popular Bio, Ox allegedly has a net worth of between $1 million and $5 million. The amount is based on available information and may not be accurate. He has made his money primarily from the rugby profession but has also created wealth through other income streams. He has worked with several brands, including Mitsubishi.

In November 2023, Mitsubishi awarded Nché a new Mitsubishi Triton Extreme, valued at around $30,000. The World Cup winner also runs a clothing enterprise, The Ox Kraal.

In 2023, Woolworths offered the athlete a year's supply of his favourite cake (chocolate) after he shared images celebrating the Springboks' victory over England at the World Cup. The player has also partnered with Cardbury's Ice Cream.

Ox Nché's salary

Rugby is among the most popular sports in South Africa, making its players some of the top-earning athletes in the country. According to Briefly, Nché and his Springboks colleagues earn between $5,500 and $16,000.

Ox Nche in September 2023
Ox Nché of South Africa poses for a portrait during the South Africa Rugby World Cup 2023 Squad photocall on September 02, 2023, in Toulon, France. Photo: Alex Livesey (Modified by author)
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Ox Nché's Instagram

Ox has earned himself a massive following online. He boasts over 72,500 Instagram followers (As of 1 March 2024). On X (Twitter), the loosehead prop has over 22,000 followers.

Final word

The ever-smiling Ox Nché has become one of the top players in the South African Rugby Union. His warm personality and unique routine have earned him popularity worldwide. Retired player Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, has cited that Nché will be one of the best Springboks looseheads, and his career will undoubtedly thrive in the coming years.

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