Michael van der Spuy

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Michael van der Spuy
Full name Michael George van der Spuy
Date of birth (1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Bethlehem, South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb; 201 lb)
School Grey College, Bloemfontein
University University of Stellenbosch
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Youth Career
2010–2012 Western Province
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2014 Western Province 36 (35)
2014 Stormers 4 (0)
2015–2017 Cheetahs 17 (10)
2015 Griquas 9 (5)
2016–2017 Free State XV 1 (0)
2016–2017 Free State Cheetahs 3 (5)
Correct as of 25 October 2016

Michael George van der Spuy (born 20 February 1991 in Bethlehem) is a former South African rugby union player, that played Super Rugby with the Stormers and the Cheetahs and Currie Cup rugby with Western Province, Griquas and the Free State Cheetahs.[1] His regular position was centre. He retired in 2017 on medical advice.[2]



He played for the Western Province U19 side in the 2010 Under-19 Provincial Championship competition and for Western Province U21 in the 2011 Under-21 Provincial Championship and 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship competitions.

Western Province[edit]

He made his first class debut for Western Province during the 2011 Vodacom Cup competition, starting in the match against the Pumas and scoring a try within seven minutes.[3] He made one more substitute appearance in the competition, the following week against the Leopards.[4]

His Currie Cup debut came a few months later during the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division season, coming on as a substitute in their match against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg.[5] That was his only Currie Cup appearance in 2011, reverting to the U21 squad for the remainder of the season.

The following season, he made eight appearances in the 2012 Vodacom Cup competition, scoring one try. Injuries restricted his playing time in the Currie Cup season, however.[6]

Another eight appearances (and three tries) followed in the 2013 Vodacom Cup[7] and he was included in the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division squad.[8]


He joined Kimberley-based side Griquas prior to the 2015 season.[9]

Free State Cheetahs[edit]

He signed a contract to join Bloemfontein-based side Free State Cheetahs prior to the 2016 season on a two-year contract.[10][11]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Michael van der Spuy". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cheetah te gou in sy spore gestuit"Free registration required. Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 6 July 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 27-14 Ford Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards 12-26 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Golden Lions 42-25 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Decimated WP lose another player". Rugby365. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2013 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – DHL Western Province : 2013 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Streeptruie wil Taute in nuwe rol aanwend" (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Blitsbok Ruhan Nel draf op vleuel uit in Loftus-stryd". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 13 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Superrugby-spelers by GW ál minder". Die Burger (in Afrikaans). 12 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.