Hanco Germishuys

Hanco Jacobus Germishuys (born August 24, 1996)[1] is a South African born American rugby union player who plays as a flanker for the LA Giltinis in Major League Rugby (MLR) and for the United States internationally. He previously played for Rugby United New York (RUNY).

Hanco Germishuys
Full nameHanco Jacobus Germishuys
Date of birth (1996-08-24) August 24, 1996 (age 26)
Place of birthKimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight224 lb (16.0 st; 224 lb; 102 kg)
SchoolStrand High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Number 8
Hooker
Current team LA Giltinis
Youth career
2014–15
2015
Gloucester Academy
Sharks Academy
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2015
2015–2016
2017
West Omaha
Glendale Raptors
Austin Huns
()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016
2018
2019
2020–2021
2022–
Denver Stampede
Austin Elite
Glendale Raptors
Rugby United New York
LA Giltinis
9
6
5
16
7
(30)
(30)
(0)
(25)
(25)
Correct as of 5 April 2022
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2014
2014–2016
2016–
2016–
United States U19
United States U20
USA Selects
United States
 
7
8
26
 
(50)
(20)
(70)
Correct as of 3 October 2021

Germishuys has also represented the United States at the international level with multiple age-grade sides and with the USA Selects.

Germishuys also previously played professionally for the Denver Stampede of PRO Rugby.

Early lifeEdit

Hanco Germishuys was born on August 24, 1996 in South Africa.[2] There, he began playing rugby at a young age and attended school in Newton.[3] Germishuys relocated to the United States with his father in 2004 and attended Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska.[2] Germishuys played club rugby for West Omaha and was selected to a Nebraska All-Star team.[2] In late 2014, Germishuys joined the Gloucester Academy, scoring a try in his second appearance for the U18 squad.[4] In June 2015, Germishuys also spent four weeks with the Sharks Academy.[3] Germishuys joined the Glendale Raptors (since renamed the Glendale Merlins) midway through the 2015 season,[5] winning that season's Pacific Rugby Premiership championship.[6]

Club careerEdit

Denver StampedeEdit

Ahead of PRO Rugby's inaugural season in 2016, Germishuys joined the Denver Stampede.[7] Germishuys made his debut with the Stampede on May 15, 2016, starting at flanker and scoring two tries, in Denver's 36–13 victory over Sacramento.[8] Germishuys scored six total tries for the Stampede across nine total appearances for the club.[9]

Austin HunsEdit

Germishuys joined the Austin Huns in January 2017.[10] Germishuys was named Most Valuable Player (equivalent to man of the match) in the Huns' 23–20 Division 1 national championship victory over the New York Athletic Club in June 2017.[11]

Austin EliteEdit

Prior to the inaugural Major League Rugby season in 2018, Germishuys joined the Austin Elite in the newly-formed league.[12] Germishuys made his debut for the Elite in the team's first regular season match on April 21, 2018, starting at flanker and scoring a try, in a 41–26 defeat to Glendale.[13][14] Over just five appearances for the Elite during the season,[15] Germishuys scored six total tries, putting him in a tie for tenth place among league leaders in individual scoring[16] and a tie for second place among league leaders in individual tries scored.[17] At season's end, Germishuys was named to the All-MLR First Team at flanker.[17]

International careerEdit

USA High School All-AmericansEdit

Germishuys was first named to the United States men's national under-19 team (High School All-Americans) at the age of 14[3] and was with the team for four years.[2]

USA Junior All-AmericansEdit

In March 2014, it was announced that Germishuys had been selected to the roster of the United States men's national under-20 team (Junior All-Americans) for the 2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.[18] At the time, Germishuys and teammate Ben Cima were so young that they required waivers in order to be allowed to play in the tournament.[19] Germishuys also represented the Junior All-Americans in qualifying matches for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy against Canada.[20] Germishuys played in both matches of the two-legged tie,[21][22] with the Junior All-Americans losing on an aggregate score of 65–29.[22] Germishuys played for the Junior All-Americans for a third consecutive year in 2016, leading the team as captain at the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.[23] Germishuys led the team with eight total tries, including at least one in each of the Junior All-American's four matches,[24] and was named Player of the Tournament.[25]

USA SelectsEdit

Germishuys was first named to the USA Selects roster in advance of the 2016 Americas Pacific Challenge.[26] He has subsequently been named to the Selects' roster for the Americas Pacific Challenge in 2017[27] and 2018.[28]

USA EaglesEdit

Germishuys made his debut for the United States men's national team on February 27, 2016, coming on as a substitute, in the Eagles' 24–23 defeat to Brazil in the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship.[29] On February 10, 2018, against Canada in a 29–10 victory in the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship, Germishuys made his first start at flanker and scored his first try for the Eagles.[30] Since his debut in 2016, he has become a regular in the Eagles starting lineup and is known for his strength with the ball in hand and his strong tackling.[citation needed]

International triesEdit

As of 20 November 2021 [31]
Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1   Canada Sacramento, United States Papa Murphy's Park 2018 Americas Rugby Championship 10 February 2018 Win 29 – 10
2   Brazil São José dos Campos, Brazil Estádio Martins Pereira 2018 Americas Rugby Championship 24 February 2018 Win 16 – 45
3
4   Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay Estadio Charrúa 2018 Americas Rugby Championship 3 March 2018 Win 19 – 61
5   Scotland Houston, United States BBVA Compass Stadium 2018 June rugby union tests 16 June 2018 Win 30 – 29
6   Samoa San Sebastián, Spain Anoeta Stadium 2018 end-of-year rugby union internationals 10 November 2018 Win 30 – 29
7   Chile Maipu, Chile Estadio Santiago Bueras 2019 Americas Rugby Championship 2 February 2019 Win 8 – 71
8   Brazil Round Rock, United States Dell Diamond 2019 Americas Rugby Championship 23 February 2019 Win 33 – 28
9   Japan Suva, Fiji ANZ National Stadium 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 10 August 2019 Loss 20 – 34
10   England London, England Twickenham Stadium 2021 July rugby union tests 4 July 2021 Loss 43 – 29
11   Canada St. John's, Canada Swiler’s Rugby Park 2023 Rugby World Cup – Americas qualification 4 September 2021 Loss 34 – 21
12   Canada Glendale, United States Infinity Park 2023 Rugby World Cup – Americas qualification 11 September 2021 Win 38 – 16
13
14

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