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Carl Bezuidenhout

Carl Bezuidenhout (born 10 February 1986 in Grahamstown) is a former South African rugby union footballer. He played either as a fly-half or full-back and played professional rugby between 2006 and 2015. He retired in 2015 to take up a teaching post at Union Schools in Graaff-Reinet.[1]

Carl Bezuidenhout
Date of birth (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 (age 33)
Place of birthGrahamstown, South Africa
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)
SchoolUnion High School
UniversityUNISA
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half / Full-back
Youth Career
2004 Mighty Elephants
2005–2007 Sharks
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2009 Sharks (Currie Cup) 11 (10)
2009 Mighty Elephants 8 (47)
2010–2013 Pumas 67 (463)
2013–2015 Edinburgh Rugby 14 (51)
2006–2015 Total 99 (571)
Correct as of 12 June 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 South Africa President's XV 2 (25)
Correct as of 31 December 2013

CareerEdit

Bezuidenhout started his career in Durban, where he represented the Sharks between 2006 and 2009. After a short spell with the Mighty Elephants in 2009, he joined the Pumas, where he played the majority of the rugby during his career.

During the 2013 Currie Cup First Division, he broke the all-time points scoring record of that competition,[2] ending the season with 217 points to help the Pumas to the title. He also scored eight points in the first leg of their promotion play-off match to help the Pumas to win promotion to the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division.[3]

In 2014, he joined Scottish Pro12 side Edinburgh on an extended trial until the end of the 2013–14 season.[4] His first appearance came as a half-time substitute during the Heineken Cup victory over USA Perpignan on 11 January 2014.

He was unable to clinch a regular place in the Edinburgh XV, however, and in the season 2014–2015 professional players draft, he was assigned to Boroughmuir RFC and played mainly for that club in the BT Premiership, the highest level of amateur club rugby in Scotland.

He signed-off from Scottish rugby when he scored 16 points in helping Boroughmuir to win the Scottish Cup, beating Hawick 55-17 in the final, at Murrayfield Stadium, on Saturday, 18 April 2015.[5]

Representative rugbyEdit

Bezuidenhout was included in the South Africa Sevens team for the 2007 Wellington Sevens and 2007 USA Sevens competitions during the 2006–07 IRB Sevens World Series.

In 2013, he was included in a South Africa President's XV team that played in the 2013 IRB Tbilisi Cup[6] and won the tournament after winning all three matches.[7] He top scored for the South Africa President's XV team with 25 points.

External linksEdit

  • "SA Rugby Player Profile – Carl Bezuidenhout". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  • itsrugby.co.uk profile

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New appointment at UHS". Union Schools. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Pumas smash EP Kings in Currie Cup First Division". RugbyWeek. 11 October 2013. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 21-19 Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Edinburgh lures another SA star". Rugby365. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Heineken Cup: Edinburgh 27-16 Perpignan". BBC. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  6. ^ "SA President's XV selected for IRB Tblisi Cup". South African Rugby Union. 17 May 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  7. ^ "SA President's XV win Tbilisi Cup". IRB. 16 June 2013. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.