CJ van der Linde

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CJ van der Linde
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Personal information
Full name Christoffel Johannes van der Linde
Nickname CJ
Born (1980-08-27) 27 August 1980 (age 36)
Welkom, South Africa
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 130 kg (20 st 7 lb)
School(s) attended Grey College, Bloemfontein
University University of the Free State
Club information
Playing position Prop
Current club Montpellier
Youth career
2000 Free State Cheetahs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2002–2008 Free State Cheetahs 45 (30)
2004–2005 Cats 19 (5)
2006–2008 Cheetahs 19 (10)
2008–2010 Leinster 26 (0)
2010 Free State Cheetahs 4 (0)
2011 Stormers 11 (0)
2011–2013 Golden Lions 18 (0)
2012–2013 Lions 7 (0)
2014 London Irish 1 (0)
2014–2015 Eastern Province Kings 10 (0)
2015 Montpellier 4 (0)
2002–2015 Total 164 (45)
Representative team(s)
1998 S.A. Schools ()
1999 South Africa Under-19 ()
2000–2001 South Africa Under-21 ()
2002–2012 South Africa 75 (20)
Teams coached
2015–present Montpellier
(scrum coach)

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 8 May 2015.
† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 14 May 2014.

Christoffel Johannes van der Linde (born 27 August 1980, Welkom, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player and currently the scrum coach at French Top 14 side Montpellier. He played first class rugby between 2002 and 2015 in South Africa, Ireland, England and France and also made 75 test matches for South Africa, which included winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup. His usual playing position was prop.



Van der Linde represented the Free State Cheetahs at the Under-18 Craven Week tournament in 1998,[1] earning him a call-up to the South African Schools side in the same year.[2] As he progressed through the youth ranks at the Cheetahs, he continued playing for national youth sides, representing the Under-19s in 1999[3] and the Under-21s in 2000[4] and 2001.

Free State Cheetahs[edit]

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.[5] 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,[6] also coming on as a substitute in the final, which the Cheetahs won 29–25 against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.[7]

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.[8]

He did play for Leinster in the 2010 Celtic League Grand Final, a match they lost 17–12 to the Ospreys.[9]

Return to Free State Cheetahs[edit]

He returned to his former side the Free State Cheetahs following his release from Leinster and made four appearances for them during the 2010 Currie Cup Premier Division competition.[10]


He joined the Cape Town-based Stormers for 2011,[11] making 11 appearances for them during the 2011 Super Rugby season.[12]


He left the Stormers after the 2011 Super Rugby season to join the Golden Lions.[13] He made his Lions debut in the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division semi-final match against Western Province[14] 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.[15] 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.

London Irish[edit]

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.[16] However, Van der Linde only made a single appearance for London Irish, playing 20 minutes.

Eastern Province Kings[edit]

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.[17] The Eastern Province Rugby Union later confirmed that he got a contract for the until the end of 2014.[18] He made ten appearances for the Eastern Province Kings and were named their scrum coach prior to the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division.


CJ van der Linde (Montpellier, 2015).

He joined Montpellier prior to the 2015–16 Top 14 season on a two-year contract.[19] He made just four appearances for Montpellier before tearing a bicep, which resulted in him deciding to retire from playing rugby. However, he stayed on at Montpellier, where he joined the coaching staff by becoming the scrum coach.[20]

International rugby[edit]

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.[21] He earned another cap for South Africa that year, playing England at Twickenham.[22]

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.

He was part of the South African team which won the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Vrystaat se Cravenweek-rugbyspan". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 25 June 1998. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Die Vrystaatse Rugbyunie belê in die toekoms". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 1 February 1999. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "CJ van der Linde enigste Vrystater in SA toerspan". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 23 February 1999. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "SA se Bokkies moet hul titel nou vroeër verdedig". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 31 March 2000. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Vodacom Free State Cheetahs : 2001 Bankfin Currie Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Vodacom Cheetahs : 2005 ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 25-29 Vodacom Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 22 October 2005. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Van der Linde and Keane leaving Leinster". RTÉ. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leinster v Ospreys (Sat)". BBC. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Vodacom Free State Cheetahs : 2010 ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "CJ and Jean sign for Stormers". SuperSport. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – DHL Stormers : 2011 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Van der Linde signs with Lions". Sport24. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Golden Lions 29-20 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Golden Lions 42-16 The Sharks". South African Rugby Union. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "CJ Van der Linde: London Irish sign ex-South Africa prop". BBC. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ervare CJ kan OP-Kings se skrum anker" (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "CJ and Edgar join the Kings' ranks" (Press release). Eastern Province Rugby. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Jake White stroop wéér in Baai". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Bok-held CJ pak tokse weg; nou skrumdokter". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 20 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Scotland 21-6 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 16 November 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – England 53-3 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 23 November 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2016.