Cobus Reinach

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Cobus Reinach
Full name Jacobus Meyer Reinach
Date of birth (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Bloemfontein, South Africa
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb; 185 lb)
School Grey College, Bloemfontein
Notable relative(s) Jaco Reinach (father)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-Half
Current team Northampton Saints
Youth Career
2008 Free State Cheetahs
2009–2011 Sharks
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2017 Sharks XV 20 (30)
2011–2017 Sharks (Currie Cup) 33 (30)
2012–2017 Sharks 60 (50)
2017–present Northampton Saints 28 (30)
Correct as of 6 April 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2015 South Africa 10 (10)
2015 Springboks 1 (5)
2015 Barbarians 2 (0)
Correct as of 1 June 2017

Jacobus Meyer Reinach (born 7 February 1990) is a South African international rugby union footballer.[1][2] He represents Northampton Saints in the English Premiership.[3][4] His playing position is scrum-half and he is the son of former Springbok winger Jaco Reinach.[5]

Early career[edit]

Born and raised in Bloemfontein, Reinach attended the famous rugby school Grey College. He initially played age-level rugby for the Free State, before heading to Durban in 2009 to link up with the Sharks.[1]

Club career[edit]

His first forays into senior rugby came with the Sharks XV in the Vodacom Cup. During the 2011 and 2012 Vodacom Cup competitions he made 17 appearances and scored 3 tries. His good performances at that level saw him promoted to the Sharks Currie Cup squad. He earned his first 2 Currie Cup caps during the 2011 season and over the following 2 campaigns he rotated with the more experienced Charl McLeod for the starting role in the number 9 jersey.[5] He was a Currie Cup winner in 2013 and a runner up in 2012 with both matched being played against Western Province.[6][7] Following McLeod's departure to Grenoble at the conclusion of the 2014 Super Rugby season, Reinach was left as the undisputed first-choice scrum half for the Sharks.[8]

At Super Rugby level, Reinach debuted during the 2012 Super Rugby season however, he only made one appearance which amounted to 1 minute of game-time. His performances in tandem with Charl McLeod during the 2012 Currie Cup saw him see much more regular action in 2013 and the two continued their rotation.[5] 2014 saw him become much more of a regular starter and indeed despite missing 4 matches due to injury, Reinach started all 12 of the regular season matches he was available for and scored 6 tries including a memorable effort in the Sharks first ever win away to the Crusaders in Christchurch.[9]

On February 27, 2017, it was announced that Reinach would link up with English club Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership from the 2017/18 season.[10]

International career[edit]

Like his father, Reinach never represented his country at any age-group level. However, this didn't stop him from making the full Springbok side at the age of only 24. He was called up to the Springbok squad for the 2014 Rugby Championship due to the absence of the injured Fourie du Preez[11] and when another experienced number 9 in Ruan Pienaar went down injured during the Boks tour of Australasia, Reinach was promoted to back-up scrum-half for the remaining two home games of the competition against Australia and New Zealand. Reinach debuted as a second-half replacement for Francois Hougaard in South Africa's 28-10 win over Australia in Cape Town on 27 September 2014 and played a big role in the Boks bonus point try scored by Jean de Villiers in the final minute.[12] He got his second taste of international rugby a week later and was again on the winning side as his team earned their first win over the All Blacks since 2011.[13]

Springbok statistics[edit]

Test Match Record[edit]

Against Pld W D L Tri Con Pen DG Pts %Won
 Australia
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 England
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
5
100
 Ireland
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
 Italy
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
5
100
 New Zealand
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Wales
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Total 6 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 10 66.67

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Con = Conversions, Pen = Penalties, DG = Drop Goals, Pts = Points Scored

International Tries[edit]

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  England London, England Twickenham Stadium End-of-year rugby union test series 15 November 2014 Won 31-28
2  Italy Padua, Italy Stadio Euganeo End-of-year rugby union test series 22 November 2014 Won 22-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SA Rugby Player Profile – Cobus Reinach". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Cobus Reinach ESPN Scrum Player Profile". SA Rugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Cobus Reinach Sharks Rugby Player Profile". Sharks Rugby. Archived from the original on 26 November 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ https://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/news/latest-headlines/2017/feb-2017/saints-sign-springbok-scrum-half/
  5. ^ a b c "Cobus Reinach itsrugby Player Statistics". itsrugby. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – The Sharks 18-25 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 19-33 The Sharks". South African Rugby Union. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Grenoble sign Charl McLeod". Sport 24. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Sharks beat Crusaders 30-25 for first win in Christchurch despite Jean Deysel red card for stamping". abc.net.au. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Northampton Saints sign South Africa and Sharks scrum-half Cobus Reinach". BBC Sport. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Reinach gets Bok reward". SA Rugby Mag. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 28-10 Australia". South African Rugby Union. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 27-25 New Zealand". South African Rugby Union. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2016.