Stedman Gans

Stedman-Ghee Rivett Gans (born 19 March 1997) is a South African rugby sevens player for the South Africa national team and a rugby union player for the Bulls in Super Rugby, the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and the Blue Bulls XV in the Rugby Challenge.[2] He usually plays as a centre or a winger.

Stedman Gans
Full nameStedman-Ghee Rivett Gans
Date of birth (1997-03-19) 19 March 1997 (age 23)
Place of birthVredenburg, South Africa
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb; 187 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Waterkloof, Pretoria
UniversityUniversity of Pretoria
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre / Winger
Current team Bulls / Blue Bulls / Blue Bulls XV
Youth career
2013–2016 Blue Bulls
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017–present Blue Bulls 4 (0)
Correct as of 25 August 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 South Africa Schools 3 (10)
2016–2017 South Africa Under-20 5 (0)
2017–present South Africa Sevens[1] 44 (60)
Correct as of 15 November 2018

Rugby careerEdit

2013–2015: Schoolboy rugbyEdit

Gans was born in Vredenburg. He attended primary school in the town, before moving to Pretoria to attend Hoërskool Waterkloof. He earned provincial colours by representing the Blue Bulls at high school tournaments between 2013 and 2015. In 2013, he played for them at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week held in Vanderbijlpark,[3] before representing them at South Africa's premier high schools competition, the Under-18 Craven Week in both 2014[4] and 2015.[5] He scored one try in the 2014 event held in Middelburg, in a 21–10 victory over the Golden Lions,[6] and repeated the feat in the 2015 event in Stellenbosch, scoring a try against Western Province in a 13–20 defeat.[7] He caught the eye of the national selectors and was named in the 2015 South Africa Schools squad for the Under-18 International Series.[8] He scored two tries in their match against Wales in the first match of the series, helping his team to a 42–11 victory,[9] and also helped them to wins over France[10] and England.[11]

2016: UP Tuks, South Africa Under-20 and Blue Bulls Under-19Edit

At the start of 2016, Gans made three appearances for UP Tuks in the Varsity Cup competition, before joining up with the South Africa Under-20 squad for the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship held in Manchester.[12] He made just one appearance in their final match of the competition, starting on the right wing in a 19–49 defeat to Argentina in the third-place play-off match.[13]

He returned to domestic action, starting six matches for the Blue Bulls U19 team in the 2016 Under-19 Provincial Championship. After scoring tries in matches against Golden Lions U19,"[14] Sharks U19[15] and Eastern Province U19,[16] he scored two tries in victories over Leopards U19[17] and Western Province U19[18] to finish the competition as his team's joint-top try scorer.[19] He helped his team finished second on the log to qualify for the play-offs,[20] but could not prevent his side being eliminated at the semi-final stage, losing 24–34 to the Golden Lions.[21]

2017: South Africa SevensEdit

Gans joined the South Africa Sevens' Academy at the end of 2016, played for the team at the 2016 Dubai Sevens. In February 2017, he was named as an official reserve for the national sevens team for the 2017 USA Sevens tournament,[22] and a week later, an injury to Justin Geduld saw him promoted to the main squad for the 2017 Canada Sevens in Vancouver.[23][1]

He was again named in a South Africa Under-20 training squad for 2017.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stedman-Ghee Gans". World Rugby. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Stedman Gans". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Blue Bulls : 2013 U16 Grant Khomo Week". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Blue Bulls : 2014 U18 Craven Week". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Blue Bulls U18 : 2015 U18 Craven Week". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls 21-10 Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Western Province U18 20-13 Blue Bulls U18". South African Rugby Union. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – South Africa U18 : 2015 SA Schools 2015". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U18 42-11 Wales U18". South African Rugby Union. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U18 12-5 France U18". South African Rugby Union. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U18 23-16 England U18". South African Rugby Union. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Ward to lead Junior Springboks in England". South African Rugby Union. 10 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Argentina U20 49-19 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 14-19 Golden Lions U19". South African Rugby Union. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks U19 22-28 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 40-21 EP U19". South African Rugby Union. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  17. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards U19 7-62 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  18. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – WP U19 30-50 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  19. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2016 SA Rugby U19 Provincial Champs". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  20. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2016 SA Rugby U19 Provincial Champs". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  21. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 24-34 Golden Lions U19". South African Rugby Union. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  22. ^ "Afrika back for Blitzboks' trip to North America". South African Rugby Union. 22 February 2017. Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  23. ^ "Ngcobo joins Blitzboks as replacement in Vancouver". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 2017. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Junior Springbok training squad announced" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.

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