|Full name||Gio Giaan Aplon|
6 October 1982 |
Hawston, South Africa
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (12 st 4 lb)|
|School(s) attended||Hawston Secondary|
|Playing position||Fullback / Wing|
|Current club||Western Province / Stormers|
|* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 26 October 2013.
† Appearances (Points).
Aplon is a winger who plays 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 was born in Hawston a small town to the east of Cape Town. Throughout his life Aplon had a hard life playing rugby. Before he started playing rugby he was in the cricket side for his school.
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