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Coenie Oosthuizen

Coenraad Victor Oosthuizen (born 22 March 1989), nicknamed 'Coenie' or 'Shrek',[1] is a professional rugby union player for Sale Sharks in the English Premiership. He previously represented the Free State Cheetahs and Sharks in the Currie Cup, the Cheetahs and Sharks in Super Rugby and also was chosen for the Springboks squad in 2010, 2011 and 2012, making his test debut in the first test against England in Durban in 2012.[2]

Coenie Oosthuizen
Full nameCoenrad Victor Oosthuizen
Date of birth (1989-03-22) 22 March 1989 (age 30)
Place of birthPotchefstroom, South Africa
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight127 kg (280 lb; 20 st 0 lb)
SchoolGrey College, Bloemfontein
UniversityUniversity of the Free State
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loosehead prop
Current team Sale Sharks
Youth Career
2005–2008 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 UFS Shimlas 7 (5)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2015 Free State Cheetahs 55 (55)
2010 Cheetahs XV 1 (0)
2010–2015 Cheetahs 74 (40)
2016–2019 Sharks 44 (10)
2018–2019 Sharks (Currie Cup) 11 (0)
Correct as of 7 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007 South Africa Schools
2009 South Africa Under-20 5 (0)
2010 South Africa (tour) 1 (0)
2012–2017 South Africa (tests) 30 (20)
2013 Barbarians 1 (0)
2014 Springboks 1 (0)
2016 South Africa 'A' 2 (0)
Correct as of 6 April 2018

Rugby careerEdit

He went to Laerskool Gustav Preller in Roodepoort for his primary education and attended Grey College in Bloemfontein.

He plays in the loose-head prop position, although he can play both sides of the scrum. He boasts surprising pace for a man of his colossal weight (127 kg). He ended the 2010 Currie Cup season as the Cheetahs top try scorer.[3] Oosthuizen is known for his strong runs and work rate around the pitch but has often struggled in the scrum against the more technical scrummagers.[1][4][5]

In 2010 Coenie scored a hat trick of tries for the Free State Cheetahs in a Currie Cup game against the neighbouring Griquas team. It is after a stand-out season for the Cheetahs during the 2010 Currie Cup domestic rugby season that Coenie was selected as part of the Springbok squad for the November 2010 tour of Europe.

Oosthuizen made his first test appearance on 9 June 2012 against England in Durban.[2]

He signed for the Sharks on a four-year deal prior to the 2016 Super Rugby season.[6]

On 13 May 2019, it was announced that he had signed a 3 year deal with Sale Sharks, and would join them after the conclusion of the 2019 Super Rugby season.[7]

South Africa 'A'Edit

In 2016, Oosthuizen was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[8] He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein,[9] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.[10] He also played off the bench in the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George.[11]



  1. ^ a b TimesLive: 30 Seconds with Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen
  2. ^ a b c "SA Rugby Player Profile – Coenie Oosthuizen". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Bettor: Coenie Oosthuizen's criticisim of referee during scrums
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Player Watch: Oosthuizen
  5. ^ Sport24: Coenie – Scrummaging comes first
  6. ^ "Cell C Sharks sign Coenie Oosthuizen" (Press release). Sharks. 26 June 2015. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Springbok International Prop Joins Sale Sharks" (Press release). Sale Sharks. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Ackermann to coach SA 'A' against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Youth and experience for SA 'A' opener against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.

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