Bjorn Basson

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Bjorn Basson
Bjorn Basson (cropped).jpg
Full name Bjorn Alberic Basson
Date of birth (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth King William's Town, South Africa
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
School Dale College
Notable relative(s) Logan Basson (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Full-back
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007–10
2011–
Griquas
Blue Bulls
56
19
(235)
(85)
correct as of 18 October 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007–10
2011–
Cheetahs
Bulls
9
62
(30)
(115)
correct as of 12 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010– South Africa South Africa 10 (15)
correct as of 25 August 2013.

Bjorn Alberic Basson (born 11 February 1987 in King William's Town) is a South African professional rugby union player[1] who plays as wing or full-back for the Bulls in Super Rugby and the South Africa national rugby union team.

Career[edit]

Griquas and Cheetahs[edit]

After playing for the Border U19 side in 2005 and 2006, he then moved to Kimberley to join Griquas. He made his debut in the 2008 Vodacom Cup competition, starting the match against former side Border Bulldogs in East London and scoring a try to help Griquas to a 15–5 win.[2] He played in eight matches, scoring five tries.[3] His first ever Currie Cup season in 2008 saw him score a further six tries in eleven matches.[4]

As a Griquas player, he could also play Super Rugby for the Cheetahs. He was included in the Cheetahs in the 2009 Super 14 season, scoring one try in five appearances. He also scored one try in his three appearances for Griquas in the 2009 Vodacom Cup. He started twelve matches for Griquas in the 2009 Currie Cup Premier Division, as well as one substitute appearance and scored six tries to once again feature in the top ten try scorers list.[5]

2010 was Basson's most prolific season of all. He scored five tries in just four starts for the Cheetahs in the 2010 Super 14 season, six tries in his seven matches in the 2010 Vodacom Cup for Griquas, finishing joint third overall try scorer in the competition.[6] and two tries in a compulsory friendly match against SWD Eagles prior to the 2010 Currie Cup Premier Division season[7]

He then broke the record for the most number of tries scored in a single Currie Cup season, scoring no less than 21 for Griquas in the 2010 Currie Cup Premier Division.[8]

Bulls[edit]

Basson signed a two year contract with the Blue Bulls Company on 19 September 2010. He later extended his contract, signing on until October 2016.[9]

In 2011, Basson was the joint top try scorer in the 2011 Super Rugby season with eleven tries for the Bulls, along with Sean Maitland and Sarel Pretorius.[10]

Representative rugby[edit]

Emerging Springboks[edit]

In 2008, Basson was chosen to represent the Emerging Springboks team, which went on to win the 2008 IRB Nations Cup in Romania.[11]

During the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, he twice played against the Lions; once for the Royal XV[12] and again for the Emerging Springboks.[13]

South African national team[edit]

Basson was selected for the Springboks tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2010. He made his test debut on 5 June 2010 against Wales in Cardiff.[14]

On 15 November 2010 he and Chiliboy Ralepelle were suspended and sent home from the Northern Hemisphere tour after testing positive for a banned substance after the game against Ireland on 6 November 2010. Both players tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a "non-specified stimulant" on the prohibited substances list of WADA.[15]

Basson played in two tests during the 2012 mid-year series for the Springboks: their 36-27 win over England[16] and their 14-14 draw with England.[17]

Honours[edit]

  • 2010 – Award: Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Profile: Bjorn Basson". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Match breakdown: Border vs Wildeklawer Griquas". South African Rugby Union. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 12 A9ugust 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "2008 Vodacom Cup Top Try Scorers". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "2008 Currie Cup Premier Division Top Try Scorers". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "2009 Currie Cup Premier Division Top Try Scorers". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "2010 Vodadom Cup Top Try Scorers". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Match breakdown: SWD vs GWK Griquas". South African Rugby Union. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Basson breaks record". Times Live. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Basson to keep running with the Bulls" (Press release). Bulls. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "2011 Super Rugby Top Try Scorers". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "2013 Emerging Springboks IRB Nations Cup squad". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Match breakdown: Royal XV vs British & Irish Lions". South African Rugby Union. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Emerging Springboks vs British & Irish Lions". South African Rugby Union. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Match breakdown: Wales vs South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "South Africa pair Ralepelle and Basson fail drug tests". BBC Sport. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Match Breakdown: South Africa vs England (2nd test)". South African Rugby Union. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Match Breakdown: South Africa vs England (3rd test)". South African Rugby Union. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 

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