Eben Joubert

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Ebén Joubert
Date of birth (1983-06-30) 30 June 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
University University of Pretoria
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007
2008–
South Africa Blue Bulls
New Zealand Otago
2
18
(0)
(10)
Correct as of 10 August 2011

Eben Joubert (born 30 June 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player currently playing in New Zealand for Otago in the ITM Cup competition. He was named Otago captain in 2011.

Playing career[edit]

After attending the University of Pretoria, Joubert spent some time on the fringes of the Blue Bulls provincial squad, making a single appearance during both the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup in 2007. Considered underside for a flanker in his native South Africa, in 2008 he accepted an offer to come to New Zealand in an attempt to further his chances at a professional career.[1]

After making a strong impression in club rugby in Dunedin, he was selected to the Otago side for the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup. After making regular appearances in 2008 and 2009, his career suffered a serious setback in a Ranfurly Shield game against Southland early in the 2010 ITM Cup campaign, when he suffered a serious shoulder injury which ruled him out for the season. The injury was further complicated by an infection after surgery which left him hospitalized for nearly two months.[2]

Back healthy for the 2011 ITM Cup, Joubert was named the captain of the Otago squad.[3] He helped get his side off to a terrific start, scoring his first two provincial tries in an opening-week victory over North Harbour, and then led Otago to their first victory in Auckland since 1976. However, his season was ended after 4 matches by a damaged knee.

Eben now lives in the Netherlands with his family where he is a sales manager for Hilti

References[edit]

  1. ^ McMurran, Alistair (17 May 2008). "Rugby: S African in Otago to learn". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Hepburn, Steve (14 May 2011). "Rugby: Otago player reveals painkiller addiction hell". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Hepburn, Steve (11 June 2011). "Rugby: South African new Otago captain". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 

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