Sylvian Mahuza
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Sylvian Mahuza

Sylvian Mahuza
Date of birth (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 27)
Place of birthGeorge, South Africa
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb; 176 lb)
SchoolOuteniqua High School, George
UniversityNorth-West University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Winger / Fullback / Centre
Current team Lions / Golden Lions / Golden Lions XV
Youth career
2009-2011 SWD Eagles
2012-2013 Leopards
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013-14, 2016 NWU Pukke 23 (84)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013-2014 Leopards 14 (75)
2015 Eastern Province Kings 7 (10)
2016-2019 Golden Lions XV 8 (26)
2016-2019 Lions 37 (65)
2016-2018 Golden Lions 21 (50)
Correct as of 8 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 South Africa Under-20 0 (0)
Correct as of 21 May 2018

Sylvian Mahuza (born (1993-07-29)29 July 1993 in George, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player who last played for the Lions in Super Rugby, the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and the Golden Lions XV in the Rugby Challenge.[1] He can play as a winger, centre or fullback.


Youth and Varsity Cup rugby

In 2009, he was called up to represent the SWD Eagles Under-16 side at the Grant Khomo Week competition. In 2010 and 2011, he played for their Under-18 side at the Craven Week tournament.

After high school in 2012, however, he moved to Potchefstroom, where he got involved in the youth setup of the provincial side, the Leopards, as well as playing rugby for Varsity Cup side NWU Pukke.

He made eleven appearances in the Leopards U19 team during the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship season, scoring three tries. In 2013, he played four matches in the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship, which included a match against Border U21 in which he scored two tries.[2]

In the Varsity Cup competition, he played six matches for the NWU Pukke during the 2013 Varsity Cup competition, scoring two tries. He made eight appearances during the 2014 edition of the competition and ran in six tries (making him the second top try scorer in the competition) as the NWU Pukke reached the final.[3]

South Africa Under-20

He was also included in the South Africa Under-20 side that played against their Argentinean counterparts prior to the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship,[4] but failed to make the final squad for the tournament.


His first involvement in first team action came during the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season. He made his debut against the Falcons, playing off the bench and scoring his first try within ten minutes of appearing.[5] He made two further substitute appearances against the Eastern Province Kings[6] and Pumas.[7]

His next taste of first class action came during the 2014 Currie Cup qualification tournament. He started in five of their matches during the competition. Prior to the last round of matches, he was the joint-top try scorer in the league, with a brace of tries against the Griffons[8] and the SWD Eagles[9] and one each against Griquas[10] and Boland Cavaliers[11] putting him on a total of six tries. In their last match of the competition against the Border Bulldogs, Mahuza and teammate Luther Obi, who was also on six tries for the season before the match - scored four tries each to help the Leopards to a 103-15 victory,[12] which also meant that Mahuza and Obi finished the competition as joint-top try scorers, with ten tries apiece.[13]

Eastern Province Kings

In February 2015, Mahuza - along with fellow Leopards winger Luther Obi - started training with Port Elizabeth-based side the Eastern Province Kings, following a dispute about the validity of their contracts with the Leopards.[14] An agreement was reached and Mahuza officially joined the Kings on 27 February.[15] He made his debut for the EP Kings by starting their first match of the 2015 Vodacom Cup season, a 19-27 defeat to defending champions Griquas.[16] After just one season at the Kings, Mahuza left prior to the 2016 Super Rugby season.[17]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile - Sylvian Mahuza". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Leopards 26-17 Border". South African Rugby Union. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers - 2014 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Baby Boks beaten by Pumas". Sport24. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Leopards 50-25 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Eastern Province Kings 18-22 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Leopards 27-35 Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Leopards 70-25 Down Touch Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Leopards 51-23 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - GWK Griquas 33-32 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Boland 23-55 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Leopards 103-15 Border". South African Rugby Union. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers - 2014 Absa Currie Cup Qualifiers". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "Official Statement on Luther Obi and Sylvian Mahuza" (Press release). Eastern Province Rugby. 2 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "Kings secure services of Obi and Mahuza" (Press release). Eastern Province Rugby. 27 February 2015. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - EP Kings 19-27 GWK Griquas". South African Rugby Union. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "EP Rugby Statement". Rugby15. 16 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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