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Ryan Kankowski (born 14 October 1985) is a South African rugby union player, who played for the South Africa national rugby union team between 2007 and 2012.

Ryan Kankowski
Ryan Kankowski 2008.jpg
Date of birth (1985-10-14) 14 October 1985 (age 34)
Place of birthPort Elizabeth, South Africa
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight106 kg (234 lb; 16 st 10 lb)
SchoolSt Andrew's College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number eight/Flanker
Current team NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2015 Sharks 104 (95)
2006–2011 Sharks (Currie Cup) 59 (80)
2009–2013 Sharks XV 3 (0)
2013–2017 Toyota Industries Shuttles 51 (80)
2017 Golden Lions 7 (5)
2017–2018 NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes 9 (5)
Correct as of 30 July 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006 South Africa Sevens
2007–2012 South Africa (test) 20 (5)
2007–2012 South Africa (tour) 2 (0)
Correct as of 30 July 2017

Kankowski plays at Number eight or Openside Flanker.

Kankowski was first selected to represent South Africa during the Springboks 2007 end of year tour to Wales & England. He made a try-scoring test debut on the tour as a substitute during South Africa's 34–12 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium on 24 November 2007.

Thirteen of his 20 Test Caps have been earned as a substitute. His most productive year was in 2008, receiving award nominations for his performances at Super Rugby and provincial level and was subsequently rewarded by being part of the Springboks Incoming Tour, their Tri Nations squad and their end of year Outgoing Tour. He was also part of the Springbok squad selected to play 3 Tests against the British and Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa in 2009.

In June 2012, it was announced that he would join Japanese team Toyota Verblitz for six months.[1] He would miss the 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division season with the Sharks, but would return to the Sharks for the 2013 Super Rugby season.[2]

In June 2017, it was announced that Kankowski would join the Golden Lions for the 2017 Currie Cup season.[3]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Sharks To Release Kankowski". Sharks. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Sharks leaving Kankowski at home | Planet Rugby". Planet Rugby. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Kankowski set to join Lions". Sport. Retrieved 22 January 2018.

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