Cheslin Kolbe

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Cheslin Kolbe
Cheslin Kolbe 2017.jpg
Kolbe in 2017
Date of birth (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 28)
Place of birthKraaifontein, South Africa
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7+12 in)[1]
Weight80 kg (180 lb; 12 st 8 lb)[1]
SchoolHoërskool Brackenfell
UniversityUFS
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Fullback / Fly-half, center
Current team Toulon
Youth career
2009–2012 Western Province
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2017 Western Province 46 (65)
2013–2017 Stormers 49 (74)
2017–2021 Toulouse 82 (172)
2021–present Toulon 0 (0)
Correct as of 26 June 2021
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 South Africa U20 5 (10)
2015–2016 South Africa Sevens 30 (113)
2018– South Africa 18 (45)
Correct as of 26 August 2021

Cheslin Kolbe (born 28 October 1993) is a South African professional rugby union player who currently plays for the South Africa national team and for Toulon in the Top 14 in France.[1] His regular position is wing, but he also plays at fullback. He has also recently featured at fly half for Toulouse in the top 14, and as a scrum half for the Boks. Kolbe was a member of the South Africa Sevens team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was a member of the South Africa team that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Playing at right wing, he scored South Africa's second try in the final minutes of the final. Kolbe was nominated for 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year but lost to South Africa teammate Pieter-Steph du Toit. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world. He previously played for Toulouse in the Top14, the Stormers in super rugby, and Western Province in the Currie Cup. He has won the World Cup, Rugby Championship, and Lions Series with the Boks, the Top14, and Champions Cup with Toulouse, and Currie Cup with the Western Province. He is contracted until 2024 with RC Toulonnais. He has scored 9 tries in 18 tests for South Africa. He is one of the fastest rugby players ever with a 10.70 for the 100m. He is famous for his small size, but brilliant finishing skills, pace, and side stepping ability. He is part of Roc Nation, the Gilbert rugby family, Laureus, and Nike. He is the SA players player of the year 2021 His salary is 1.7 million pounds every year.[citation needed]

Youth rugby[edit]

Kolbe played for Hoërskool Brackenfell. He represented Western Province at various youth levels, from the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in 2009 to the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship.

Club career[edit]

Western Province[edit]

He made his provincial first class debut in their Vodacom Cup match against Boland Cavaliers.[2] and a month later he was named on the bench for the Stormers for their Super Rugby game against the Sharks.[3]

In October 2013 he was part of the Western Province team that won the Currie Cup by beating the Lions 19-16.[4]

He penned a three-year deal to remain at Western Province until 2016.[5]

Toulouse[edit]

Kolbe moved to France to join Top 14 side Toulouse for the 2017–2018 season.[6] Kolbe received a call-up to the South Africa national team for the 2018 Rugby Championship. He made his debut for South Africa against Australia on 8 September, during Round Three of the competition, coming on in the 33rd minute as an injury replacement for Makazole Mapimpi, in a match that South Africa lost 18–23.

In June 2019 Kolbe started for Stade Toulousain in the Top 14 final winning the French Championship. In 2021 Kolbe won both the European Cup and the Top 14 with Toulouse.

International career[edit]

Kolbe made his test debut in 2018 and played an important part in Springboks winning the 2019 Rugby Championship. On 2 November, Kolbe was part of the 2019 World-Cup winning team in Japan, scoring a try late in the second half of the Final against England. Kolbe was again instrumental in the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, starting in all three test matches and the South Africa A match. Kolbe scored the Springboks' only try in the third and deciding test of the tour to propel South Africa to a series win.

South Africa Under-20[edit]

In 2013, he was included in the training group that toured Argentina in preparation for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.[7] He was then included in the squad for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.[8]

National sevens team[edit]

Between 2012 and 2017, he represented the South Africa Sevens team. In 2013, he was included in the squad for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.[9] Kolbe was included in a 12-man squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[10] He was named as a substitute for their first match in Group B of the competition against Spain, with South Africa winning the match 24–0.[11][12]

Honours[edit]

Western Province

  • 2014 Currie Cup winner

Toulouse

South Africa

South Africa 7's

  • 2016 Olympics Bronze medal

Test Match record[edit]

As of 26 August 2021
Against P W D L Tri Pts %Won
 Argentina 2 2 0 0 1 5 100
 Australia 2 1 0 1 0 0 50
 British and Irish Lions 3 2 0 1 1 5 66.67
 England 1 1 0 0 1 5 100
 France 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 Italy 1 1 0 0 2 10 100
 Japan 2 2 0 0 2 10 100
 New Zealand 4 1 1 2 2 10 25
 Scotland 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 Wales 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Total 18 12 1 5 9 45 66.67

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Pts = Points Scored

Test tries (9)[edit]

Tries Opposition Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium 2018 Rugby Championship 15 September 2018 Won 36–34
1  New Zealand Pretoria, South Africa Loftus Versfeld 2018 Rugby Championship 6 October 2018 Lost 30–32
1  Argentina Salta, Argentina Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena 2019 Rugby Championship 10 August 2019 Won 46–13
2  Japan Kumagaya, Japan Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Test match 6 September 2019 Won 41–7
2  Italy Fukuroi, Japan Shizuoka Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup 4 October 2019 Won 49–3
1  England Yokohama, Japan International Stadium Yokohama 2019 Rugby World Cup Final 2 November 2019 Won 32–12
1  British and Irish Lions Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town Stadium 2021 British & Irish Lions tour 7 August 2021 Won 19–16

Personal life[edit]

Kolbe is a cousin of South African track and field sprinter Wayde van Niekerk,[13] who won the gold medal in the 400 metres at the 2016 Olympics and is the current 300m and 400m world record holder.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "SA Rugby Player Profile – Cheslin Kolbe". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Regent Boland Cavaliers 17-17 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Van Aswegen to start at flyhalf". Stormers. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013., then he took a year out to join moyvalley rugby club
  4. ^ http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/CurrieCup/WP-crowned-Currie-Cup-champs-20141025/accessdate=2015-09-14
  5. ^ "New deal for WP's Kolbe". Planet Rugby. 13 August 2013. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Communiqué officiel Cheslin Kolbe sera Stadiste en 2017-2018" (Press release) (in French). Stade Toulousain. 18 January 2017. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  7. ^ "SA U20 training group named for Argentine tour". South African Rugby Union. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Steenkamp leads powerful SA U20 JWC squad". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Kyle Brown back to command Springbok Sevens for Mission Moscow". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Rugby Sevens squad for Olympics named". South African Rugby Union. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (RSA–ESP)". Rio 2016. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 2". World Rugby. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  13. ^ de Villiers, Ockert (17 July 2016). "Rio a family affair for Wayde, Cheslin". Independent Online. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Twee neefs soek goud". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 16 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  15. ^ de Villiers, Ockert (17 July 2016). "Rio a family affair for Wayde, Cheslin". Independent Online. Retrieved 23 September 2019.

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