Adrian Jacobs

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Adrian Abraham Jacobs
Adrian Jacobs 2007 med.jpg
Springbok Rugby Player
Full name Adrian Abraham Jacobs
Nickname Adi
Date of birth (1980-08-14) 14 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
School Scottsville Senior Secondary
Spouse Married
Children 2 (Girl+Boy)
Occupation(s) Retired
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing, Flyhalf, Fullback
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Valke (2001-2003) Sharks (2004-2012) Sharks ()
Correct as of 27 September 2007
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 27 September 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001–2012 South Africa 34 ((35))
Correct as of 19 November 2013

Adrian Jacobs (born 14 August 1980) is a former South African rugby union player who played for the Sharks provincially and The Sharks in Super Rugby, he made his Springbok debut in 2001 against Italy in Genoa.

A year later he came on as a replacement in the humiliating 53-3 loss against England at Twickenham and did not feature again for the Springboks for another six years.He returned to the South African side a year after they had won the World Cup and he managed to hold down a permanent position at outside centre alongside Jean de Villiers.

Adi missed out on a 2006 Currie Cup semi-final spot after sustaining an injury in the penultimate match, in a season where he gained selection in 16 matches despite being hampered by injury and poor form.

He was the first choice No 13 during 2008, by then being a very experienced midfielder, having played provincial rugby for more than a decade. South Africa trounced Australia 53-8 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg in August 2008. With five minutes into the second half Jean de Villiers off-loaded to Adi Jacobs in a gap, and the little man outstripped the defence for South Africa's fifth try and a lead of 34-3 after Butch James' conversion.

In 2009 he played the first two Tests against the British & Irish Lions as the Springboks won the series after two nail-biting victories in Durban and Pretoria.

Jacobs, who has retired from all rugby in 2012, was a devastating runner with brilliant hands that allowed him to create opportunities by releasing players in space around him.

Adi Jacobs struggled with injuries late in his career and missed a lot of rugby for the Sharks and the Springboks and his last game for the Springboks was on 30 July 2011 vs New Zealand in Wellington, aged 30.

He had 34 caps for the Springboks.

Honours: SA Rugby Young Player of the Year nominee, (2001); SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee (2008).

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