Howard Mnisi

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Howard Mnisi
Full name Xolane Howard Mnisi
Date of birth (1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Elukwatini, South Africa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb; 212 lb)
School Laerskool Badplaas /
Standerton High School
University Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Current team Lions
Youth Career
2006–2007 Pumas
2008–2010 Sharks
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2013 NMMU Madibaz 15 (10)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 Sharks XV 3 (5)
2013–2014 Cheetahs 3 (0)
2013–2014 Griquas 20 (15)
2014–present Golden Lions 31 (65)
2015–present Lions 32 (10)
Correct as of 25 October 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2013 South Africa Students 2 (0)
2016 South Africa 'A' 2 (0)
Correct as of 19 June 2016

Xolane Howard Mnisi (born 13 July 1989) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the Lions.[1] His regular position is centre.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

He represented the Pumas at the 2006 and 2007 Under–18 Craven Week tournaments, which earned him a place in the Sharks academy. He played for their Under–19 team in 2008 and their Under–21 team in 2010.

Sharks[edit]

In 2011, he was included in the 2011 Vodacom Cup squad and made his debut against the Welwitschias.[2]

NMMU Madibaz[edit]

However, he failed to break into the Currie Cup team and joined Varsity Cup side NMMU Madibaz instead. He was included in the South Africa Students team in 2012 and 2013[3] and he was also voted as the "Back That Rocks" for the 2013 Varsity Cup tournament.[4]

Griquas[edit]

He had a trial with the Free State Cheetahs in 2013,[5] but joined the Griquas instead.[6]

Golden Lions[edit]

He moved to Johannesburg to join the Golden Lions prior to the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division season. [7]

South Africa 'A'[edit]

In 2016, Mnisi was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[8] He was named in the starting line-up for their first match in Bloemfontein,[9] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.[10] He was named on the bench for the second match of the series, coming on as a second-half replacement in a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Howard Mnisi". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Welwitschias 5-25 Sharks XV". South African Rugby Union. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Universities squad named to face Namibia". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Players that Rock 2013 Winners". Varsity Cup. 8 April 2013. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rhule in bulstryd". Beeld (in Afrikaans). Media24. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Madiba 'n Griekwa". SupaRugby (in Afrikaans). 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Ashfak Mohamed (22 October 2014). "Currie Cup final 2014: The flair kings". IOL. Independent Newspapers. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.