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André Esterhuizen

Adriaan Pieter 'André' Esterhuizen (born 30 March 1994 in Klerksdorp) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team, the Sharks in Super Rugby and Munakata Sanix Blues in the Japanese Top League.[1] His regular position is centre or full-back.

André Esterhuizen
Full nameAdriaan Pieter Esterhuizen
Date of birth (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 25)
Place of birthPotchefstroom, South Africa
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st 5 lb; 243 lb)
SchoolKlerksdorp High, Klerksdorp
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre / Full-back
Current team Sharks / Munakata Sanix Blues
Youth Career
2007–2011 Leopards
2013–2015 Sharks
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2014 Sharks XV 12 (25)
2014–present Sharks (Currie Cup) 26 (55)
2014–present Sharks 72 (45)
2017–present Munakata Sanix Blues 22 (67)
Correct as of 3 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014 South Africa Under-20 4 (10)
2018–present South Africa 8 (0)
Correct as of 21 August 2019

CareerEdit

YouthEdit

Esterhuizen represented his local side Leopards at the Under-13 Craven Week competition in 2007, at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in 2010 and at the Under-18 Craven Week in 2011.

In 2013, he moved to Durban to join the Sharks. He started twelve of the Sharks U21 side's matches during the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship competition, finishing as the joint top try scorer in Division A of that competition with 9 tries.[2]

He was included in the South Africa Under-20 side for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship.[3]

Senior careerEdit

His first taste of first class rugby came for the Sharks XV during the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition. He made his debut in a 72–6 victory against the Border Bulldogs, coming on as a substitute in the second half.[4] Further substitute appearances followed that season in matches against the Boland Cavaliers[5] and Eastern Province Kings.[6]

Esterhuizen was included in the Sharks wider training squad prior to the 2014 Super Rugby season, scoring a try for them in their warm-up match against Saracens[7] and was subsequently selected in the final Super Rugby squad for 2014.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – André Esterhuizen". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2013 Absa Under 21 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Junior Springboks named for JWC 2014". South African Rugby Union. 22 April 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks XV 72-6 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks XV 54-24 Regent Boland Cavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 27-23 Sharks XV". South African Rugby Union. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Saracens resist Sharks comeback". Planet Rugby. 24 January 2014. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Sharks 2014 squad" (Press release). Sharks. 11 February 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2014.

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