CJ van der Linde
|Full name||Christoffel Johannes van der Linde|
27 August 1980 |
Welkom, South Africa
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||122 kg (19 st 3 lb)|
|School(s) attended||Grey College, Bloemfontein|
|University||University of the Free State|
|Current club||Eastern Province Kings|
|2000||Free State Cheetahs|
|2002–08||Free State Cheetahs||45||(30)|
|2010||Free State Cheetahs||4||(0)|
|2014–||Eastern Province Kings||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 8 May 2015.
† Appearances (Points).
Christoffel Johannes "C.J." van der Linde (born 27 August 1980, Welkom, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player currently playing with South African Currie Cup side the Eastern Province Kings. His usual position is prop.
Van der Linde represented the Free State Cheetahs at the Under-18 Craven Week tournament in 1998, earning him a call-up to the South African Schools side in the same year. As he progressed through the youth ranks at the Cheetahs, he continued playing for national youth sides, representing the Under-19s in 1999 and the Under-21s in 2000 and 2001.
Free State Cheetahs
He was involved in the senior setup at the Cheetahs from 2001, when he was named in their squad for the 2001 Currie Cup competition. His domestic first class debut came in 2002, when he played for the Free State Cheetahs in the 2002 Vodacom Cup competition. He remained with the Free State Cheetahs until 2008, making 45 domestic appearances in the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup competitions during his spell there.
He was a member of the Free State Cheetahs side that won the 2005 Currie Cup, also coming on as a substitute in the final, which the Cheetahs won 29–25 against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
He also played in five Super Rugby seasons during his spell at the Cheetahs. In 2004 and 2005, the Free State Cheetahs were part of the Cats franchise in the Super 12 competition. Van der Linde played for them during both seasons, making 19 appearances. When the Super 12 expanded to become Super 14, the Cheetahs were one of the two new teams and Van der Linde played for them over the next three seasons, making another 19 appearances.
Van der Linde signed a three-year contract with Leinster in late 2008. He represented them in the Magners League and Heineken Cup competitions between 2008 and 2010, but his spell at Leinster was blighted by a recurrent foot problem. He got an early release from his contract, leaving the side in 2010.
Return to Free State Cheetahs
He left the Stormers after the 2011 Super Rugby season to join the Golden Lions. He made his Lions debut in the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division semi-final match against Western Province and also started the final, when the Lions beat the Sharks 42–16 to win the Currie Cup for the first time in 12 years. He also played for the Lions during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, as well as making seven appearances for the Lions in the 2013 Super Rugby season. He left the Lions after his contract expired at the end of 2013.
On 12 December 2013, it was announced that he had signed with London Irish until the end of the 2013–14 season in the Aviva Premiership. However, Van der Linde only made a single appearance for London Irish, playing 20 minutes.
Eastern Province Kings
In May 2014, he trained with the Eastern Province Kings in an attempt to get a contract for their 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division campaign. The Eastern Province Rugby Union later confirmed that he got a contract for the until the end of 2014.
He made his debut for the Springboks as a 20-year-old on 16 November 2002 in a match against Scotland at Murrayfield, which South Africa lost 21–6. He earned another cap for South Africa that year, playing England at Twickenham.
He next played for the Springboks in 2004, against Ireland in a two test series in South Africa, and also played against the Pacific Islands team in Gosford. He was subsequently named in the Springboks' 2004 Tri Nations Series squad, and played in three matches during the series. He earned another five caps for South Africa during the end-of-year Northern Hemisphere tests.
He played 17 times for the Springboks in 2005 including mid-year matches against France and in the 2005 Tri Nations Series. After playing for the Springboks in the 2006 mid-year rugby tests he was named in the 2006 Tri Nations Series squad. On 26 November 2006, he scored his first try in international play against England at Twickenham.
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- "Die Vrystaatse Rugbyunie belê in die toekoms". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 1 February 1999. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "CJ van der Linde enigste Vrystater in SA toerspan". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 23 February 1999. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "SA se Bokkies moet hul titel nou vroeër verdedig". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 31 March 2000. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "2001 Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup team". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
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- "Match Breakdown: Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Vodacom Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 22 October 2005. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Van der Linde and Keane leaving Leinster". RTÉ. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Leinster v Ospreys (Sat)". BBC. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "2010 Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup season". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "CJ and Jean sign for Stormers". SuperSport. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "2011 Stormers Super Rugby season". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Van der Linde signs with Lions". Sport24. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Match Breakdown: MTN Golden Lions vs DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Match Breakdown: MTN Golden Lions vs The Sharks". South African Rugby Union. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "CJ Van der Linde: London Irish sign ex-South Africa prop". BBC. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- "Ervare CJ kan OP-Kings se skrum anker" (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- "CJ and Edgar join the Kings' ranks" (Press release). Eastern Province Rugby. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Match Breakdown: Scotland vs South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 16 November 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
- "Match Breakdown: England vs South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 23 November 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2013.