Danie Poolman

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Danie Poolman
Full name Daniel Johannes George Poolman
Date of birth (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Pretoria, South Africa
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
School Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
Spouse yes
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Western Province
Correct as of 19 July 2016
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2012 Stormers 10 (5)
Correct as of 29 July 2012

Danie Poolman (born (1989-03-10)10 March 1989) is a professional rugby union player from South Africa. Poolman currently plays for Irish provincial side Connacht Rugby in the Pro12. He primarily plays on the wing. Born in Pretoria, he formerly played for Western Province in South Africa's Currie Cup, and Super Rugby side the Stormers. Qualified to play for Ireland by residence since 2015, Poolman has indicated his intention to do so.[1]


Youth and Varsity rugby[edit]

Poolman played schoolboy rugby for Paul Roos Gymnasium and was included in the Western Province Under-18 side at the 2007 Craven Week tournament. Western Province progressed to the unofficial final match against the Free State Cheetahs, but lost the match 52–3.[2] He played for the Western Province U19 side in 2008 and for their Under-21 sides in 2009 and 2010.[3] He finished as the top try scorer in the 2010 Under-21 Provincial Championship competition, scoring 17 tries in just 14 appearances.[4]

He also played Varsity Cup rugby for Maties in the 2010 Varsity Cup competition. He started in all nine of Maties' matches in the competition and scored six tries,[5] including a try early in the second half of the final, helping Maties beat local rivals UCT Ikey Tigers 17–14[6] to clinch the Varsity Cup for a third consecutive season.[7]

Western Province and Stormers[edit]

Poolman was then included in the Western Province side for the 2010 Vodacom Cup competition.[8] He made his first class debut for them by coming on as a substitute in their match against SWD Eagles on 10 April 2010.[9] His first start came in the Quarter-final match against the Blue Bulls.[10]

Despite not playing any Currie Cup rugby for Western Province, Poolman was included in the Stormers squad prior to the 2011 Super Rugby season[11] and made his Super Rugby debut by starting the Stormers' opening match of the season against the Lions at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.[12] He made eight appearances in that competition, scoring his first senior try in the return leg against the Lions in Johannesburg in a 33–19 win.[13]

He eventually made his Currie Cup debut during the 2011 Currie Cup season in Western Province's match against Griquas[14] and made 13 appearances in the competition, scoring 4 tries. He made just two appearances for the Stormers in the 2012 Super Rugby season, with Gio Aplon and Gerhard van den Heever being preferred to him in the starting line-up. Instead, he dropped down to the Western Province side for the 2012 Vodacom Cup competition, scoring two tries in eight starts.


In June 2012, it was announced that he had been released from his Western Province contract to join Irish team Connacht ahead of the 2012–2013 season, signing on a three-year deal.[15][16]

Poolman made his debut for Connacht in the 2012–13 Pro12 as a replacement against the Ospreys on 27 October 2012.[17] He made his first start in the team's next Pro12 game, against Benetton Treviso on November, and also scored his first try for the side.[18] Poolman made his European debut for Connacht on 7 December 2012 against Biarritz in the 2012–13 Heineken Cup. He played in three of the team's Heineken Cup matches in his debut season, and made 16 Pro12 appearances, scoring 5 tries.[19][20]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Granger, Dale (15 July 2007). "Free State win Craven Week finale in style". IOL. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Danie Poolman". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2010 ABSA Under 21 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2010 FNB Varsity Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Maties 17-14 UCT". South African Rugby Union. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Three from three for composed Maties". Varsity Cup. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Western Province : 2010 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Western Province 29-23 SWD". South African Rugby Union. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls 17-6 Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "2011 DHL Stormers squad announced". Club Newlands. 17 February 2011. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Stormers 19-16 MTN Lions". South African Rugby Union. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Lions 19-33 DHL Stormers". South African Rugby Union. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 26-26 GWK Griquas". South African Rugby Union. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Stormers exodus continues". Sport24. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Roux will come Storming back". rugby365.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ospreys 26 – 9 Connacht Rugby". RaboDirectPRO12. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Debutant Poolman on song as Connacht return to winning ways". 11 November 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Connacht Squad Index: Danie Poolman". Pro12. 
  20. ^ "Player Archive: Danie Poolman". ERC. Retrieved 6 March 2014.