Niel Marais

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Niel Marais
Full name Daniel Rudolf Marais
Date of birth (1992-01-21) 21 January 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Bloemfontein, South Africa
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 97 kg (15 st 4 lb; 214 lb)
School Grey College, Bloemfontein
University University of the Free State
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre / Fullback / Fly-half
Current team Yamaha Júbilo
Youth Career
2005–2013 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 UFS Shimlas 8 (63)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2016 Free State XV 19 (92)
2014 Griquas 1 (0)
2015–2017 Free State Cheetahs 15 (145)
2015–2018 Cheetahs 39 (213)
2018–present Yamaha Júbilo 0 (0)
Correct as of 6 May 2018

Daniel Rudolf Marais (born 21 January 1992 in Bloemfontein) is a South African rugby union player for Yamaha Júbilo in the Top League in Japan.[1] He usually plays as a centre, but can also play as a fly-half or fullback.



Marais first represented the Free State in 2005, when he was part of their squad for the 2005 Under-13 Craven Week competition. He represented the Free State U19 side (playing mainly as a fullback) in the Under-19 Provincial Championship competitions in 2010 and 2011, scoring 124 points in the latter competition to finish third in the scoring charts.[2] He advanced to the Free State U21 side, playing the majority of matches for them during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, with 2013 also seeing him starting to play mainly as a centre.

Free State Cheetahs[edit]

He was included in the Free State XV squad for the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition[3] and made his senior debut when he started the opening match of the season, a 31–8 victory over the SWD Eagles in George.[4] He made a total of six appearances during the competition.

He returned to Vodacom Cup action in 2014, captaining the side[5] and scoring 41 points in his six starts. His first try in first class rugby came in their opening day match against the SWD Eagles,[6] with Marais adding another 10 points with the boot.


In May 2014, he joined Griquas on a two-month deal for the duration of the 2014 Currie Cup qualification series.[7]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Niel Marais". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Top Scorers – 2011 ABSA Under 19 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Toyota Free State XV : 2013 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Western Districts 8-31 Toyota Free State XV". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Big early win for Free State". Sport24. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Toyota Free State XV 52-47 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hawies verbeter GW se diepte" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.