Izak van der Westhuizen

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Izak van der Westhuizen
Personal information
Full name Izak Petrus van der Westhuizen
Nickname Sakkie
Born (1986-01-23) 23 January 1986 (age 30)
Kimberley, South Africa
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
School(s) attended Diamantveld High School
University University of the Free State
Club information
Playing position Lock
Youth career
2004 Griquas
2005–2007 Free State Cheetahs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2007–2012 Free State Cheetahs 79 (5)
2008–2009 Griffons 14 (0)
2010–2012 Cheetahs 25 (0)
2012–2014 Edinburgh 29 (0)

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 17 June 2014.

† Appearances (Points).

Izak Petrus van der Westhuizen (born (1986-01-23)23 January 1986 in Kimberley) is a South African rugby union player whose regular position is lock.[1]

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

He represented Kimberley-based side Griquas at the Under-18 Craven Week in 2004 and also represented them in the Under-20 competition later in the same year.

He then moved to Bloemfontein, where he joined the Free State Cheetahs. He represented them at Under-19 level in 2005 and at Under-21 level in 2006 and 2007.

Free State Cheetahs and Cheetahs[edit]

Van der Westhuizen made his first class debut during the 2007 Vodacom Cup, starting in Free State's opening match of the season against the Border Bulldogs in East London.[2] Three substitute appearances followed in their next three matches before he made another start against the SWD Eagles, scoring his first (and only) try in his senior career.[3]

He became a regular in the Free State's Vodacom Cup side, making a total of 30 appearances in this competition between 2007 and 2011.

He made one appearance for the Currie Cup side in 2008 – a pre-season compulsory friendly against the Leopards[4] – but it wasn't until the 2009 season that he made his Currie Cup debut for the Free State Cheetahs, coming on as a substitute against the Sharks.[5]

In 2010, he was also included in the Cheetahs squad for the 2010 Super 14 season.[6] His Super Rugby debut came in their Round 9 match against the Brumbies in Canberra.[7]

He made a total of 79 appearances for the Free State Cheetahs in the domestic Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup competitions and 25 appearances for the Cheetahs in Super Rugby.

Griffons[edit]

Van der Westhuizen also spent some time on loan at Welkom-based side the Griffons, making twelve appearances for them during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Edinburgh[edit]

At the conclusion of the 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division season, he joined Scottish Pro 12 side Edinburgh on a two-year contract.[8]

Despite an injury-plagued first season, where he made just 6 appearances, Van der Westhuizen recovered to become a regular for Edinburgh during the 2013–14 Pro 12 and 2013–14 Heineken Cup competitions, making a total of 29 appearances.

Eastern Province Kings[edit]

On 10 March 2014, Edinburgh announced that Van der Westhuizen would join the Eastern Province Kings prior to the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division season on a three-year deal,[9] subject to a medical. However, since Van der Westhuizen suffered three concussions since the start of 2014, a specialist advised that he should not play any rugby for six month to a year. He did not pass the medical at the Eastern Province Kings and the contract was subsequently cancelled.[10]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Izak van der Westhuizen". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border 15-23 Free State". South African Rugby Union. 23 February 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – SWD 24-30 Free State". South African Rugby Union. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Platinum Leopards 19-40 Vodacom FS Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Free State Cheetahs 12-21 Sharks". South African Rugby Union. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Vodacom Cheetahs : 2010 Vodacom Super 14". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Brumbies 61-15 Vodacom Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Reid, Alasdair (22 May 2012). "Edinburgh sign South African lock Izak van der Westhuizen". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Van der Westhuizen to join the Kings" (Press release). Edinburgh Rugby. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kings cast big Izak aside". Rugby365. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.