Coenie Oosthuizen

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Coenie Oosthuizen
Full name Coenrad Victor Oosthuizen
Nickname Shrek
Date of birth (1989-03-22) 22 March 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Potchefstroom, South Africa
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 129 kg (284 lb; 20 st 4 lb)
School Grey College, Bloemfontein
University University of the Free State
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Sharks
Youth Career
2005–2008 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 UFS Shimlas 7 (5)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2015 Free State Cheetahs 55 (55)
2010 Free State XV 1 (0)
2010–2015 Cheetahs 74 (40)
2016–present Sharks 14 (5)
2016–present Sharks (Currie Cup) 0 (0)
Correct as of 23 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007 South Africa Schools ()
2009 South Africa Under-20 5 (0)
2012–present South Africa 23 (15)
2016 South Africa 'A' 2 (0)
Correct as of 10 June 2016

Coenraad Victor Oosthuizen (nicknames: 'Coenie' or 'Shrek')[1] is a professional rugby union player who plays for the Sharks in Super Rugby. He previously represented the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup, the Cheetahs in Super Rugby and also was chosen for the Springboks squad in 2010, 2011 and 2012, making his test debut in the first test against England in Durban in 2012.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

He went to Laerskool Gustav Preller in Roodepoort for his primary education and attended Grey College in Bloemfontein.

He plays in the loose-head prop position, although he can play both sides of the scrum. He boasts surprising pace for a man of his colossal weight (127 kg). He ended the 2010 Currie Cup season as the Cheetahs top try scorer.[3] Oosthuizen is known for his strong runs and work rate around the pitch but has often struggled in the scrum against the more technical scrummagers.[1][4][5]

In 2010 Coenie scored a hat trick of tries for the Free State Cheetahs in a Currie Cup game against the neighbouring Griquas team. It is after a stand-out season for the Cheetahs during the 2010 Currie Cup domestic rugby season that Coenie was selected as part of the Springbok squad for the November 2010 tour of Europe.

Oosthuizen made his first test appearance on 9 June 2012 against England in Durban.[2]

He signed for the Sharks on a four-year deal prior to the 2016 Super Rugby season.[6]

South Africa 'A'[edit]

In 2016, Oosthuizen was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[7] He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein,[8] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.[9] He also played off the bench in the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George.[10]


Coenie Oosthuizen is/was involved in the following squads:[2]


  1. ^ a b TimesLive: 30 Seconds with Cheetahs prop Coenie Oosthuizen
  2. ^ a b c "SA Rugby Player Profile – Coenie Oosthuizen". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Bettor: Coenie Oosthuizen's criticisim of referee during scrums
  4. ^ Player Watch: Oosthuizen
  5. ^ Sport24: Coenie – Scrummaging comes first
  6. ^ "Cell C Sharks sign Coenie Oosthuizen" (Press release). Sharks. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ackermann to coach SA 'A' against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Youth and experience for SA 'A' opener against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 

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