Gio Aplon

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Gio Aplon
Personal information
Full name Gio Giaan Aplon
Nickname Pocket Dynamo
Born (1982-10-06) 6 October 1982 (age 32)
Hermanus, South Africa
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 78 kg (12 st 4 lb)
School(s) attended Hawston Secondary, Hawston
Club information
Playing position Fullback / Wing
Current club Grenoble
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2005–13 Western Province 96 (174)
2007–14 Stormers 84 (91)
2014– Grenoble 19 (14)
Representative team(s)
2006–07 S.A. Sevens ()
2010–12 South Africa (test) 17 (25)
2010 South Africa (tour) 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 25 April 2015.

† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 21 March 2015.

Gio Giaan Aplon (born (1982-10-06)6 October 1982) is a South African rugby union footballer. He scored two tries in a 42–17 triumph against the Six Nations winner – France. The match was also his debut playing as a South African winger number 14.


Aplon is a winger who played for the Stormers. He also has had a very successful South African sevens career. He has blistering speed and is known as the "pocket dynamo". Aplon is a bright prospect for South African rugby and playing with the Stormers has given him great confidence. Even though he is small in stature, his speed and elusiveness causes the opposition much grief. He is known for his side steps and is a versatile backline player. Known affectionately by the nickname "Appels" (Afrikaans for Apple) by fans due to his surname, he has become a firm favourite amongst Bok supporters. During the Test in Cape Town against the French on 12 June 2010 he scored 2 tries and was named Man of the Match.

Aplon was part of the winning Western Province Currie Cup side in 2012.


Aplon signed a deal to join French side Grenoble after the 2014 Super Rugby season.[1]


Aplon was born in Hawston a small town to the east of Cape Town. Before he started playing rugby he was in the cricket side for his school.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Aplon au revoir to Stormers". Sport24. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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