Ernst Stapelberg
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Ernst Stapelberg

Ernst Stapelberg
Full nameTheo Ernst Stapelberg
Date of birth (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 25)
Place of birthBloemfontein, South Africa
Height1.87 m (6 ft  in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Framesby
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Youth career
2008-2013 Eastern Province
2014-2016 Western Province
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017 Western Province 3 (0)
2017-2018 Free State Cheetahs 5 (22)
2018-2019 Cheetahs 8 (72)
2018-2019 Free State XV 13 (111)
Correct as of 22 September 2018

Theo Ernst Stapelberg (born (1995-02-06)6 February 1995) is a South African rugby union player who last played for the Cheetahs in Pro14, the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup and the Free State XV in the Rugby Challenge.[1] His regular position is fly-half.

Rugby career

Youth rugby

Stapelberg was born in Bloemfontein, but grew up in Port Elizabeth. He represented Eastern Province throughout his school career, playing for them at the Under-13 Craven Week in 2008, the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in 2011 and the Under-18 Craven Week tournaments in both 2012 and 2013.

After school, Stapelberg moved to Cape Town to join the Western Province academy. He was the top scorer in the 2014 Under-19 Provincial Championship with 175 points,[2] helping Western Province to the title, scoring 18 points in the final against the Blue Bulls U19.[3] He progressed through the age groups, playing for the Western Province U21 team in 2015 and also representing university side Maties in the Varsity Cup.

Western Province

Stapelberg made his first class debut in 2017, coming on as a replacement in Western Province's 35-28 victory over neighbours Boland Cavaliers in the 2018 Rugby Challenge,[4] and made a further two appearances as a replacement in the competition.

Free State Cheetahs

In August 2017, Stapelberg moved to Bloemfontein to join the Free State Cheetahs.[5] He made his Currie Cup debut for the Cheetahs against former side Western Province in their Round Nine clash in the Currie Cup Premier Division,[6] and was drafted into the Cheetahs Pro14 squad, making his debut in that competition a week later, kicking seven conversions in a 54-39 victory over Italian side Zebre.[7] He started their next matches in that competition, scoring 72 points in total, and also made a further appearance for the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup.

In 2018, Stapelberg made eight starts for the Free State XV in the 2018 Rugby Challenge, top scoring for his side with 61 points.


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile - Ernst Stapelberg". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers - 2014 Absa Under 19 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Western Province U19 33-26 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "SuperSport Rugby Challenge - Match 16, Pool Stage". South African Rugby Union. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Cheetahs sign young Maties flyhalf". Sport24. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Currie Cup Premier Division - Match 27, Log". South African Rugby Union. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Eight-try Cheetahs power to their maiden PRO14 win over defiant Zebre". Guinness Pro14. 16 September 2017. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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