The Braai Army – who are they and what do they do?

Eugeine Zietsman and Rys Vleis. Image by Joe Mansfield

by Ben Jones & Joe Mansfield

YESTERDAY whilst out and about in Cardiff, we came across two South African fans who were in town for the Wales game against the Springboks this weekend.

The two men happened to be the General and Major of a South African fan group known as the Braai Army, a large group of Expats who support South African sports abroad, mainly rugby (the Springboks), cricket (The Protea’s) and Rugby’s (the BlitsBoks).

A Braai is a South African term translating to what we would know as a barbeque. The BBQ lovers christened their arrival in Cardiff by spending their Wednesday night outside of the Principality Stadium doing what they do best: Braai’ing!

The Army have many exceptional achievements, but the one they boast most is their Guinness World Record. They broke the world record for the most people simultaneously BQQ’ing on September 23, 2018. The previous record was 564, but the Braai Army would beat it by seven, setting the new record at 571.

This week the Army will descend approximately 300 upon the Welsh capital to support their side in what should be a physical encounter as South Africa look to spoil Wales’ clean sweep this autumn.

Another exceptional achievement that the Braai Army possess is last week’s attendance at Murrayfield when Scotland played South Africa. They managed to assemble 1,107 Braai Army troops and Springboks fans who watched their team defeat the Scots 26-20.

Click the video below to see what they think about Saturday’s encounter: