Herschel Jantjies

Herschel Jerome Jantjies (born 22 April 1996) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and the Stormers in Super Rugby.[1] His regular position is scrum-half.

Herschel Jantjies
Full nameHerschel Jerome Jantjies
Date of birth (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 23)
Place of birthStellenbosch, South Africa
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb; 11 st 11 lb)
SchoolPaul Roos Gymnasium
UniversityUniversity of the Western Cape
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Current team Stormers
Youth career
2012–2017 Western Province
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016–2018 Western Province 21 (25)
2017Scarlets 1 (0)
2018–present Stormers 16 (25)
Correct as of 7 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2019–present South Africa 10 (20)
Correct as of 3 November 2019

Rugby careerEdit

Jantjies was born in Stellenbosch, where he attended Paul Roos Gymnasium. He represented Western Province at Under-16 level in 2012 and at the Craven Week tournaments in 2013 in 2014. He progressed to their Under-19 and Under-21 sides, and made his first class debut in Western Province's match against the Leopards in the 2016 Currie Cup qualification series.[2][3]

He made four appearances as a replacement for Western Province in the 2017 Rugby Challenge, a competition they would go on to win, before reverting to the Western Province U21 team for the latter half of the season. At the end of 2017, Jantjies was drafted into the squad of Welsh side Scarlets on their visit to South Africa during the 2017–18 Pro14 season,[4] and came on as a replacement in their match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.[5]

He played in all nine of their matches in the 2018 Rugby Challenge, scoring his first and second tries in first class rugby in a 23–21 victory over the Boland Cavaliers in their Round Three match.[6] He scored a further try in their match against the Border Bulldogs[7] as his side progressed to the quarterfinal stage before being eliminated by Free State XV.[8]

Jantjies was included in the Stormers' squad for their final match of the 2018 Super Rugby season against the Sharks,[9] and he came on as a second half replacement to make his Super Rugby debut.[10]

International rugbyEdit

In July 2019, Jantjies made his debut for South Africa in their opening match of the 2019 Rugby Championship against Australia in Johannesburg, scoring twice in a 35–17 win.[11] In their next match against New Zealand in Wellington, Jantjies scored his side's only try in the 79th minute to help them to a 16–16 draw. He has scored 3 tries in 2 games.[12]

Jantjies was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[13] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.[14]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Herschel Jantjies". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "WP too strong for Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 6 June 2016. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards 34-43 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Scrum-half Jantjies Signed On Loan" (Press release). Scarlets. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Cheetahs see off Scarlets to triumph at home again". Guinness Pro14. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  6. ^ "SuperSport Rugby Challenge - Match 15, Pool Stage". South African Rugby Union. 5 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  7. ^ "SuperSport Rugby Challenge - Match 41, Pool Stage". South African Rugby Union. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  8. ^ "SuperSport Rugby Challenge - Match 64, Quarter Final". South African Rugby Union. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Leyds brings up DHL Stormers 50 at DHL Newlands" (Press release). Stormers. 5 July 2018. Archived from the original on 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Stormers 27-16 Sharks". SANZAAR. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Match 1, Log". South African Rugby Union. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Match 3, Log". South African Rugby Union. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  13. ^ "South Africa World Cup squad: Siya Kolisi wins fitness battle, Eben Etzebeth backed, Aphiwe Dyantyi dropped". Independent. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  14. ^ "England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time". BBC. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

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