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Lukhanyo Am (born 28 November 1993) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and the Sharks in Super Rugby.[1] His regular position is centre.

Lukhanyo Am
Date of birth (1993-11-28) 28 November 1993 (age 25)
Place of birthKing William's Town, South Africa
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight93 kg (205 lb; 14 st 9 lb)
SchoolHoerskool De Vos Malan High School, King William's Town
Notable relative(s)Siphokazi Am, wife.
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Current team Sharks
Youth Career
2012 Border Bulldogs
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Border Bulldogs 2 (0)
2014 Falcons 2 (5)
2015 Border Bulldogs 18 (5)
2016 Southern Kings 10 (5)
2016–2017 Sharks (Currie Cup) 17 (20)
2017–present Sharks 48 (50)
Correct as of 7 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 South Africa 'A' 2 (0)
2017–present South Africa 13 (15)
Correct as of 21 October 2019


He played for the Margate-based Gladiators Rugby Academy before he was called into the Border Bulldogs Under–19 squad[2] that won the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship Division B and winning promotion to Division A, making six appearances and scoring three tries.

After spending time with Saracens during the off-season as part of an exchange programme in conjunction with the British High Commission,[3] he returned to be included in the senior squad for the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition and made his senior debut against defending champions Western Province in Paarl.[4]

In 2013, he was named in a South African Barbarians team to face Saracens in London.[5]

Southern KingsEdit

At the start of 2016, Am was one of two Sharks players that joined the Southern Kings' Super Rugby squad for a trial period as they prepared for the 2016 Super Rugby season.[6]

South Africa 'A'Edit

In 2016, Am was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[7] He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein,[8] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.[9] He was promoted to the starting line-up for the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George.[10]


After a successful spell at Southern Kings there were high expectations that he had to meet. He did not disappoint and played a crucial part for the Sharks, helping them reach the quarter finals of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

South AfricaEdit

In 2017, Am was included in the South African squad for the 2017 end-of-year rugby union internationals.

Am was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[11] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.[12] He played very important in springboks'campaign, playing 6 out of 7 matches. He was the backbone of the springboks'rush defense. He assisted South Africa's first world cup final try, with no look pass to Mapimpi.


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Lukhanyo Am". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Border Bound". South Coast Fever. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Exchange programme offers previously disadvantaged players big dreams" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 22-13 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ "South African Barbarians name squad for City clash". Saracens. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  6. ^ "New recruits as Southern Kings 2016 season starts" (Press release). Eastern Province Kings. 4 January 2016. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  11. ^ "South Africa World Cup squad: Siya Kolisi wins fitness battle, Eben Etzebeth backed, Aphiwe Dyantyi dropped". Independent. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  12. ^ "England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time". BBC. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.