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Cheslin Kolbe (born 28 October 1993) is a South African rugby union player, playing for the South African national team and for Toulouse in the Top 14 in France.[1] His regular position is wing, but he also plays at fullback.

Cheslin Kolbe
Cheslin Kolbe 2017.jpg
Kolbe in 2017
Date of birth (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthKraaifontein, South Africa
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight80 kg (180 lb; 12 st 8 lb)[1]
SchoolBrackenfell High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Fullback
Current team Toulouse
Youth Career
2009–2012 Western Province
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2017 Western Province 46 (65)
2013–2017 Stormers 49 (74)
2017–present Toulouse 48 (92)
Correct as of 15 June 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–2016 South Africa Sevens 30 (113)
2013 South Africa Under-20 5 (10)
2018–present South Africa 14 (40)
Correct as of 03 November 2019

He was a member of the South African Sevens team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

He was a member of the South African XV that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Playing at right wing, he scored South Africa's second try in the final minutes of the final. Kolbe was nominated for 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year but lost to South Africa teammate Pieter-Steph du Toit.

CareerEdit

Youth levelEdit

He represented Western Province at various youth levels, from the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in 2009 to the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship.

SevensEdit

Between 2012 and 2017, he also represented the South Africa Sevens team. In 2013, he was included in the squad for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.[2]

South Africa Under-20Edit

In 2013, he was included in the training group that toured Argentina in preparation for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.[3] He was then included in the squad for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.[4]

Western ProvinceEdit

He made his provincial first class debut in their Vodacom Cup match against Boland Cavaliers.[5] and a month later he was named on the bench for the Stormers for their Super Rugby game against the Sharks.[6]

In October 2014 he was part of the Western Province team that won the Currie Cup by beating the Lions 19-16.[7]

He penned a three-year deal to remain at Western Province until 2016.[8]

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

Kolbe was included in a 12-man squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[9] He was named as a substitute for their first match in Group B of the competition against Spain, with South Africa winning the match 24–0.[10][11]

ToulouseEdit

Kolbe moved to France to join Top 14 side Toulouse for the 2017–2018 season.[12] Kolbe received a call-up to the South Africa national team for the 2018 Rugby Championship. He made his debut for South Africa against Australia on 8 September, during Round Three of the competition, coming on in the 33rd minute as an injury replacement for Makazole Mapimpi, in a match that South Africa lost 18–23.

In June 2019 Kolbe started for Stade Toulousain in the Top 14 final winning the French Championship.[13]

SpringboksEdit

Kolbe made his test debut in 2018 and played a part in Springboks winning the 2019 Rugby Championship. On 2 November, Kolbe was part of the 2019 World-Cup winning team in Japan, scoring a try late in the second half against England. Therefore earning him the winning try.

Personal lifeEdit

Kolbe is a cousin of South African track and field sprinter Wayde van Niekerk,[14] who won the gold medal in the 400 metres at the 2016 Olympics.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "SA Rugby Player Profile – Cheslin Kolbe". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Kyle Brown back to command Springbok Sevens for Mission Moscow". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ "SA U20 training group named for Argentine tour". South African Rugby Union. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Steenkamp leads powerful SA U20 JWC squad". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Regent Boland Cavaliers 17-17 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Van Aswegen to start at flyhalf". Stormers. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  7. ^ http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/CurrieCup/WP-crowned-Currie-Cup-champs-20141025/accessdate=2015-09-14
  8. ^ "New deal for WP's Kolbe". Planet Rugby. 13 August 2013. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Rugby Sevens squad for Olympics named". South African Rugby Union. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (RSA–ESP)". Rio 2016. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 2". World Rugby. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Communiqué officiel Cheslin Kolbe sera Stadiste en 2017-2018" (Press release) (in French). Stade Toulousain. 18 January 2017. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  13. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018–19_Top_14_season#Playoffs
  14. ^ de Villiers, Ockert (17 July 2016). "Rio a family affair for Wayde, Cheslin". Independent Online. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Twee neefs soek goud". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 16 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  16. ^ de Villiers, Ockert (17 July 2016). "Rio a family affair for Wayde, Cheslin". Independent Online. Retrieved 23 September 2019.

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