Jacques Van Rooyen
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Jacques Van Rooyen

Jacques van Rooyen
Date of birth (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 34)
Place of birthPretoria, South Africa
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight122 kg (19 st 3 lb; 269 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Pretoria-Noord
UniversityUniversity of Pretoria
Tshwane University of Technology
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Bath
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008-2011 TUT Vikings 25 (5)
2011-2012 City of Armagh
2012-2013 Pretoria Police
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013-2018 Golden Lions XV 17 (15)
2013-2017 Golden Lions 48 (20)
2014-2018 Lions 66 (25)
2018-present Bath 24 (5)
Correct as of 4 August 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017 Barbarians 2 (0)
Correct as of 16 April 2018

Jacques van Rooyen (born 24 October 1986) is a South African rugby union player for Bath in the Premiership in England.[1] His regular position is prop.

Career

Varsity Cup and amateur rugby

He represented the TUT Vikings in Varsity Cup rugby in the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons, making twenty five appearances in total.Van Rooyen was also in the South African police service for 2 years before getting a pro contract after varsity stating that he always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps as a police officer despite going to varsity

He also played for Irish side City of Armagh in the 2011-2012 Ulster Senior League.[2]

Golden Lions

In 2013, after impressing at amateur club level with Pretoria Police, he joined Johannesburg-based team the Golden Lions. He made his first class debut in the opening match of the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition, coming on as a substitute against the Leopards.[3] Two weeks later, he made his first start in the same competition against near rivals the Blue Bulls.[4] He made six appearances in total for the Golden Lions, including playing in the quarter final and starting the semi-final, as well as the final, which the Lions won by beating the Pumas.[5]

He was also included in their squad for the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division season[6] and made his Currie Cup debut in the opening match of the season against the Free State Cheetahs.[7]

He was then included in the Lions squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season[8] and made his debut in a 21-20 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.[9][10]

Bath

Van Rooyen moved to England to join Premiership side Bath prior to the 2018-19 season.[11]

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile - Jacques van Rooyen". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "City of Armagh Rugby Club I XV 17 v Banbridge Rugby Club I XV 15". In Touch Rugby. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - MTN Golden Lions 45-15 Leopards XV". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - MTN Golden Lions 26-54 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Steval Pumas 28-42 MTN Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Squad - MTN Golden Lions : 2013 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - MTN Golden Lions 29-30 Toyota Free State Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "2014 Lions Super Rugby squad" (Press release). Lions. 11 February 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Match Centre: Cheetahs v Lions". SANZAR. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Toyota Cheetahs 20-21 Lions". South African Rugby Union. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Bath Rugby sign van Rooyen" (Press release). Bath Rugby. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 2018.



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