Ethienne Reynecke

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Ethienne Reynecke
Full name Ethienne Reynecke
Date of birth (1982-03-20) 20 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
School Hugenote High School, Springs
University Rand Afrikaans University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Pau
Youth Career
2000–2002 Golden Lions
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2004 Golden Lions 1 (0)
2005 Griffons 17 (10)
2006–2009 Golden Lions 43 (15)
2006–2008 Cats / Lions 20 (10)
2009–2011 Saracens F.C. 25 (0)
2011 Western Province 2 (0)
2011 Stormers 2 (0)
2011–2013 Connacht 44 (15)
2013 Free State Cheetahs 4 (0)
2013–present Pau 9 (0)
Correct as of 8 April 2014

Ethienne Reynecke (born (1982-03-20)20 March 1982) is a South African rugby union player.[1] His primary position is hooker.



He started his career playing for the Golden Lions and represented them at Under–19, Under–21 and 'A' team level. At the end of 2001, after his second year representing the Under–19 team, he was included in the pre-season training squad for the 2002 Vodacom Cup, following it up with appearances in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He was also part of the Currie Cup training squad in 2004, playing all the warm-up games.


In 2005, he joined Welkom-based side Griffons for one year, being involved in their Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup campaigns.

Return to Lions[edit]

He returned to the Golden Lions at the end of 2005. He was included in the Cats squad prior to the 2006 Super 14 season[2] before getting injured. He subsequently made three appearances in the 2006 Vodacom Cup side before breaking into Currie Cup side for the first time, making his Currie Cup debut for the Golden Lions in their match against Sharks.[3] and playing in all fourteen matches that season.

In 2007, he was also included in the Lions squad for the 2007 Super 14 season and made his Super Rugby debut in their second match of the season in an 11–6 victory over New Zealand team the Highlanders.[4] and remained a first team regular over the next two seasons. He was also included in a Springbok training squad in 2007.[5]

He wasn't included in the Lions squad for 2009 Super 14,[6] instead captaining the Vodacom Cup team in the 2009 Vodacom Cup season.


In 2009, it was announced that he joined English Premiership side Saracens,[7] where he played for two seasons.


Shortly before his Saracens contract was due to end, he joined the Stormers on loan for part of the 2011 Super Rugby season as a replacement for injured Tiaan Liebenberg.[8] He made two substitute appearances for them, as well as two appearances for their Vodacom Cup side, Western Province in the 2011 Vodacom Cup.


He then joined Irish Pro 12 side Connacht on a two-year deal for the 2011–12 season,[9] making 44 appearances in the Heineken Cup and Pro 12 competitions.

Free State Cheetahs[edit]

In July 2013, Free State Cheetahs head coach Naka Drotské confirmed that he officially signed a contract to join the Free State Cheetahs for the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division season,[10][11][12] making five appearances.


He returned to Europe a few months later, joining French Pro D2 side Pau as a medical joker during the 2013–14 Rugby Pro D2 season.[13]


In addition, Reynecke also played for a World XV against an Asia-Pacific Barbarians side in the 2011 Chartis Cup in Hong Kong in aid of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami disaster. He also played for the South African Barbarians in 2013 against former side Saracens in 2013.[14]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Ethienne Reynecke". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Super 14 warm up Cats vs Vodacom Bulls". HSMImages. 14 January 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – The Sharks 33-22 Lions". South African Rugby Union. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Lions 11-6 Highlanders". South African Rugby Union. 10 February 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Gallo Images - TL_669991.jpg". Gallo Images. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Auto & General Lions : 2009 Vodacom Super 14". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ethienne Reynecke on his way to Saracens". SuperSport. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Saracens hooker at Stormers". Sport24. Media24. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Reynecke signs for Connacht". RTÉ. RTÉ. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Reynecke word 'n Cheetah". SupaRugby (in Afrikaans). 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Willie bly 'n Cheetah". Beeld (in Afrikaans). Media24. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Heyneke sal Lappies, Siya in Kaap dophou". Die Burger (in Afrikaans). Media24. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Section Paloise : Reynecke en renfort" (in French). Sud Ouest. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Saracens v South African Barbarians". Saracens. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.