Keegan Daniel

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Keegan Daniel
Personal information
Full name Keegan Rhys Daniel
Born (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 32)
Humansdorp, South Africa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
School(s) attended Dale College, King William's Town
Club information
Playing position Loose Forward
Current club Sharks / Sharks (Currie Cup)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2006–2014 Sharks XV 11 (35)
2006–2014 Sharks (Currie Cup) 104 (165)
2006–2014 Sharks 105 (80)
2009 Sharks Invitational XV 2 (12)
2014–2016 Kubota Spears 23 (20)
2016–present Sharks 12 (0)
2016–present Sharks (Currie Cup) 6 (0)
Representative team(s)
2006 South Africa Under-21 5 (15)
2010–2012 South Africa (test) 5 (0)
2010–2012 South Africa (tour) 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 9 October 2016.
† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 26 March 2015.

Keegan Rhys Daniel (born 5 March 1985) is a South African rugby union player.

Born in the rural farming town of Humansdorp, Daniel started his education at Gonubie Primary before moving off to one of South Africa's best known rugby nurseries, Dale College.

Daniel played Craven Week for the Border Bulldogs rugby team in 2003 and was recruited afterwards by the Natal Rugby Academy.

Daniel came onto the provincial scene in the Super Rugby competition which earned him a place in the South Africa Under-21 team. Daniel represented them in the 2006 Under 21 Rugby World Championship in France where South Africa 24–13 lost in the final to the hosts. He was nominated for player of the tournament and went on to claim the South African Under-21 Player of the Year for 2006. He has the ability to play flanker, wing, fly-half and fullback because of his blistering speed and good kicking ability.

Since then, Daniel has played for the Sharks at Super Rugby level.[1] In the 2008 season, he earned Man of the Match awards in consecutive games against 2007 winners the Bulls and the high-flying Blues, scoring three tries in the process. His first try against the Blues came after just 16 seconds in the game – a record at Super Rugby level.

On 30 October 2010, Daniel was selected to tour with the Springboks in their November tour of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He was not selected as a part of the initial squad of 39 but was later added after his performances in the Currie Cup semi-final and final.

On 16 January 2012, Sharks' coach John Plumtree appointed Daniel as the Sharks captain for the 2012 Super Rugby season.

Twice a Currie Cup winner with the Sharks in 2008 and 2010, Daniel played his 100th Currie Cup game against the Blue Bulls on 4 October 2013.

During the 2014 Super Rugby season, it was revealed that Daniel would join Japanese Top League side Kubota Spears on a two-year deal at the conclusion of the tournament.[2]

When his contract expired after the 2015–16 Top League season, he returned to South Africa to rejoin the Sharks.[3]


  1. ^ "Keegan Daniel rugby profile". SkySports. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "'Japan move best for me'". SA Rugby Magazine. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Keegan Daniel Returns Home" (Press release). Sharks. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.