A businessman and Supersport commentator, Joel is widely regarded as the player whose extra time kick – that famous, heroic, drop goal – finally sank the All Blacks and won the 1995 World Cup for South Africa .
Joel played 23 times for South Africa scoring 237 points, and 73 times for the Leicester Tigers with 896 points, including a club record 459 points in season 97/98, accumulating 100 points by his eighth game! Joel signed for the Tigers in Dec 1996.
Joel played for Natal in 1990 scoring 195 points in 14 games in the Currie Cup, and taking the record for points scored in a season, 304 in all matches. 1994 saw him playing for Western Province and scoring 151 points in the Currie Cup, and accumulating a further 247 in 1995, and a further 120 in the inaugural super 12 tournament in 1996. Huge disappointment was felt by all of his fans and most of all by himself when a long-term knee problem forced his eventual retirement in 1999.
After coaching for 2 years in the UK, Joel decided to return to SA and embarked on a successful business career here in SA. He quickly proved himself adept in the boardroom and recent positions included being CEO of the Altech Netstar Group and CEO of Hertz Car Hire before joining forces with a couple of partners to set up their own facilities and technology businesses, focusing mainly in the BPO and contact centre space.
Another of their companies is SA’s leading voice biometric company.