09 December 2023 - 15:00
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma
Nqobisizwe Minentle 'Mox' Mxoli was born in Durban and went to Westville Boys' High School.
After school, Mxoli moved to Pretoria to join the Blue Bulls Academy. He made seven appearances for the Blue Bulls u19s in the 2013 under-19 Provincial Championship, scoring one try in their 56–7 victory over Border u19 to help them finish top of the log after winning all twelve of their matches.
In 2014, Mxoli was named in the Blue Bulls squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition and made his first-class debut in their 20–22 defeat to the Pumas, coming on as a replacement mid-way through the second half. He linked up with the South Africa Under-20 squad as they prepared for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand but failed to play a single minute in the tournament.
Upon returning to domestic action, he played five times for the Blue Bulls u21s in the 2014 Under-21 Provincial Championship round-robin stages. He scored a brace against Border U21 in a 123–7 victory to help the Blue Bulls qualify for the semi-finals, but he didn't feature in the play-offs, as the Blue Bulls won the tournament, beating Western Province U21 20–10 in the final.
At the start of 2015, Mxoli represented university side UP Tuks in the 2015 Varsity Cup. He featured in all eight of their matches - scoring tries against both Western Cape sides, the UCT Ikey Tigers and Maties – as they finished top of the log before suffering a 28–29 semi-final defeat to NWU Pukke. After the tournament, he was named as a replacement prop in a Varsity Cup Dream Team that played a match against the 2015 South African Under-20 squad, with the latter winning the match 31–24.
Mxoli then made his first start in a first-class match in the Blue Bulls' 2015 Vodacom Cup match against their affiliated sub-union, the Limpopo Blue Bulls. Mxoli took just 4 minutes to score his first senior try in the game to help the Blue Bulls to an 83–13 victory. He was named in the Blue Bulls' Currie Cup side for the first time before the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division and on the bench for their opening match against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, coming on as a replacement in the 62nd minute of a 57–19 victory for the Blue Bulls.
He then reverted to the Blue Bulls U21 side, making seven starts during the 2015 Under-21 Provincial Championship Group A and scoring tries in their matches against the Leopards and Western Province.
In 2016, Mxoli was included in the Blue Bulls squad for the 2016 Currie Cup qualification series. He started ten of his team's fourteen matches in the series and scored tries in a 16–30 defeat to Western Province and a 42–15 victory over the Falcons. He was also included in the Bulls squad for the 2016 Super Rugby season and made his debut on 9 July 2016.
During 2019-'22, Mxoli played in 26 matches for the Griquas. In 2022 he moved on to Free State Goldfields and, in 8 games for the Griffons, helped the Welkom side win the Currie Cup First Division title in the final against Eastern Province 45-16. The Griffons will join an eight-team Currie Cup Premier Division in 2023.