Juandré Kruger

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Juandré Kruger
Personal information
Full name Petrus Johannes Juandré Kruger
Born (1985-09-06) 6 September 1985 (age 29)
Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
School(s) attended Paul Roos Gymnasium
University Stellenbosch University
Club information
Playing position Lock
Current club Racing Métro 92
Youth career
2004–06 Western Province
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2007 Western Province 5 (10)
2008 Blue Bulls 18 (10)
2008–10 Northampton Saints 53 (15)
2010–13 Blue Bulls 33 (35)
2011–13 Bulls 31 (5)
2013– Racing Métro 92 42 (15)
Representative team(s)
2012– South Africa 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 31 January 2015.

† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 6 October 2013.

Juandré Kruger (born 6 September 1985 in Cape Town) is a South African Rugby union footballer, contracted to Racing Métro 92 in the French Top 14. His preferred position is at Lock although he has also played in the back row.

Career[edit]

Early provincial career in South Africa[edit]

He is widely regarded as one of the best up-and-coming second-row forward prospects in South African rugby.[1] He started his career off at Western Province, representing them in the 2007 Vodacom Cup. From there he moved to Blue Bulls, competing for them in the 2008 Vodacom Cup. He also featured for the Blue Bulls in the 2008 Currie Cup, at times being preferred to Springbok internationals Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.[1] Kruger was an unused replacement in the Final of the 2008 Currie Cup, against the Natal Sharks.[2]

Northampton Saints[edit]

Kruger then made the move to Northampton Saints.[1] He enjoyed a successful partnership with I.F Lobbe. In his first season at the club, he won the ECC.[3] In his second and final season, he featured in the Heineken Cup,[4] played in a Guinness Premiership Semi Final[5] and won the Anglo-Welsh Cup.[6]

Return to The Bulls[edit]

Kruger re-joined the Blue Bulls in 2010.[7]

Springboks[edit]

On 2 June 2012, Juandré Kruger was called up to the Springbok squad for the first time for the inbound series against England.[8] This was his first National selection. On 6 June, it was announced by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer that Kruger would start at lock (number 5) for the first test of the series against England in Durban on 9 June 2012 . This would mark Kruger's debut for South Africa.[9] With South Africa running out 22-17 victors in the first test Kruger had made a good start to the series. He played all three matches. In the second game South Africa won 36-27 thanks to a late try from Pietersen but were held to a 14-14 draw in the final test.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Saints make double South African signing". Northampton Saints Website. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Sharks claim Currie Cup triumph". ESPN Scrum. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Northampton 15–3 Bourgoin". BBC Sport. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Munster 33–19 Northampton". BBC Sport. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Northampton 19–21 Saracens". BBC Sport. 2010-05-16. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Northampton 30–24 Gloucester". BBC Sport. 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  7. ^ "Juandré Kruger to leave Northampton Saints for Bulls". BBC Sport. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  8. ^ "Springbok squad named". Sport24. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Gavin Rich (6 June 2012). "Boks to start with three new caps". SuperSport.com. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

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