Paul Willemse

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Paul Willemse
Personal information
Born (1992-11-13) 13 November 1992 (age 22)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 127 kg (20 st 0 lb)
School(s) attended Monument High School, Krugersdorp
Club information
Playing position Lock
Current club Grenoble
Youth career
2009 Namibia
2010–12 Golden Lions
2013 Blue Bulls
Amateur team(s)
Years Team
2013 UP Tuks 2 (5)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2012 Golden Lions 6 (10)
2012 Lions 1 (0)
2013–14 Blue Bulls 23 (15)
2013–14 Bulls 20 (15)
2014– Grenoble 0 (0)
Representative team(s)
2012 South Africa U20 5 (10)
* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 12 July 2014.

† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 13 October 2013.

Paul Willemse (born (1992-11-13)13 November 1992 in Pretoria, South Africa) is a rugby union footballer for French Top 14 side Grenoble. His regular playing position is lock.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Despite being born in Pretoria, Willemse moved to Tsumeb in Namibia,[1] where he played rugby for Tsumeb Gymnasium and earned a call-up to the Namibian Under-18 Craven Week squad in 2009.[2]

He was then offered a junior contract by the Golden Lions[3] and moved to Krugersdorp in 2010 to complete this schooling at Monument High School. He once again played at the Craven Week tournament, this time in the colours of the Golden Lions.

In 2011, Willemse represented the Golden Lions U19 side in the 2011 Under-19 Provincial Championship. He scored eight tries to finish joint-third on the try-scoring charts and the leading forward try-scorer.[4]

Golden Lions / Lions[edit]

In 2012, Willemse made his first class debut, starting the Golden Lions' 23–16 loss to the Leopards in Potchefstroom in the 2012 Vodacom Cup competition.[5] Willemse scored his first try the following week, scoring the Lions' second try in a comfortable 59–29 over near-neighbours Falcons in Johannesburg.[6] He made two more starts for the Golden Lions in the Vodacom Cup – scoring another try in their match against the Griffons[7] – before being included in the Lions' starting line-up for their 2012 Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, which ended in a 5–26 loss to the Lions.[8] He made one more appearance in the Vodacom Cup before earning a call-up to the South Africa U20 side.

During the latter half of 2012, he was mainly used in the Golden Lions U21 side that played in the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship, scoring three tries in 11 appearances. However, he also made his Currie Cup debut, starting their 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division match against the Blue Bulls in Johannesburg.[9]

Blue Bulls / Bulls / UP Tuks[edit]

For the start of the 2013 season, Willemse made the short move across the Jukskei River to join Pretoria-based side Blue Bulls. He made two appearances for university side UP Tuks in the 2013 Varsity Cup competition before the Blue Bulls' 2013 Vodacom Cup matches against Griquas[10] and the Pumas.[11] He got another taste of Super Rugby action, starting in the Bulls' Australian tour matches against the Reds in Brisbane[12] and the Brumbies in Canberra,[13] before making three appearances off the bench upon their return to South African soil.

In July 2013, the Blue Bulls announced that he signed a contract extension until 31 October 2014.[14]

Still eligible to play at Under-21 level, he made four appearances for the Blue Bulls U21 side during the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship, but he firmly established himself in the first team, starting ten matches during the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division. He scored three tries during the competition, two of those coming in their match against Griquas in Kimberley.[10]

He featured prominently for the Bulls during the 2014 Super Rugby season, playing in 15 matches during the season. This season saw him score his first try in Super Rugby, in a 26–21 win against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.[15] He ended the 2014 Super Rugby season on a high note, scoring two tries in a 40–7 victory over the Rebels in their final pool match of the season.[16]

Willemse started all eleven of the Blue Bulls matches in the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division as they reached the semi-final of the competition before being eliminated by Western Province in Cape Town.[17]

Grenoble[edit]

In June 2014, it was announced that Willemse would join French Top 14 side Grenoble after the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division competition.[18]

Representative rugby[edit]

Willemse was named in the South Africa Under-20 team that won the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship held in South Africa.[19] Despite Willemse scoring a try for South Africa in their first match of the tournament, he could not prevent his side losing 23–19 to Ireland.[20] He repeated his try-scoring feat in their next match against Italy in a 52–3 victory[21] and he played the entire match as South Africa beat England 28–15 in their final pool match to ensure qualification to the semi-finals.[22] He started in both the semi-final against Argentina, a comprehensive 35–3 victory,[23] and the final against New Zealand,[24] where he helped South Africa to a 22–16 victory to ensure they lifted the trophy for the first time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Powerful Bulls Arrive in Namibia". AllAfrica. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Namibia - 2009". School of Rugby. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Arries snapped up by Golden Lions". The Namibian. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "2011 Under-19 Provincial Championship Try Scorers". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Match Breakdown: Leopards vs MTN Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Match Breakdown: MTN Golden Lions vs Valke". South African Rugby Union. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Match Breakdown: MTN Golden Lions vs Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Match Breakdown: Toyota Cheetahs vs MTN Lions". South African Rugby Union. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Match Breakdown: MTN Golden Lions vs Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Match Breakdown: GWK Griquas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Match Breakdown: Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Match Breakdown: Reds vs Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Match Breakdown: Brumbies vs Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bulle hou vas aan dié jong Turke". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Match Breakdown: Vodacom Bulls vs Toyota Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Match Breakdown: Vodacom Bulls vs Rebels". South African Rugby Union. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Match Breakdown: DHL Western Province vs Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Willemse wants away". SA Rugby Magazine. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Goosen, Kitshoff, Du Toit nucleus of powerful SA U20 JWC squad". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Match Breakdown: South Africa vs Ireland". South African Rugby Union. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Match Breakdown: South Africa vs Italy". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Match Breakdown: South Africa vs England". South African Rugby Union. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Match Breakdown: Argentina vs South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Match Breakdown: New Zealand vs South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 

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