Rynier Bernardo

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Rynier Bernardo
Full name Rynier Mark Bernardo
Date of birth (1991-08-27) 27 August 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Pretoria, South Africa
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
School Framesby High, Port Elizabeth
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Scarlets
Youth Career
2007–2012 Eastern Province Kings
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2014 Eastern Province Kings 19 (0)
2013 Kings 10 (0)
2014–2016 Ospreys 31 (0)
2016–2017 Scarlets 5 (0)
Correct as of 8 March 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 SA Schools Academy ()
Correct as of 21 February 2013

Rynier Mark Bernardo is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the Scarlets.[1] His regular position is lock.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

He represented Eastern Province at various youth tournaments. In 2007, he played at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week. The following year, he played for them at the Under-18 Academy week, resulting in his inclusion in the S.A. Schools Academy team in the same year. He also played at the 2009 Under-18 Craven Week tournament.

He was included in the Eastern Province U19 squad for the 2010 Under-19 Provincial Championship competition, as well as for Eastern Province U21 in the Under-21 competition in 2011 and 2012.

Eastern Province Kings[edit]

He was included in the senior squad for the 2012 Vodacom Cup competition and made his first class debut during that competition, coming on as a third-minute substitute in their match against near neighbours Border Bulldogs.[2] He made one more substitute appearance in that competition and then started the matches against the Boland Cavaliers[3] and the quarter final against the Pumas.[4]

His Currie Cup debut came a few months later against the SWD Eagles in the 2012 Currie Cup First Division competition.[5] He made six appearances in total in that competition and also started both promotion/relegation games against the Free State Cheetahs.

Southern Kings[edit]

He was named in the Kings squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season.[6] He didn't play in the first three matches of the season, being behind David Bulbring, Steven Sykes and Daniel Adongo in the pecking order. However, an injury to Sykes[7] saw him included for their match against the Crusaders in Christchurch and he substituted Adongo to make his Super Rugby debut.[8] Another substitute appearance followed in their next match against the Hurricanes[9] before he made his first start in the competition in the dramatic 28–28 draw against the Brumbies in Canberra,[10] where an injury time try by Cornell du Preez plus subsequent conversion from Demetri Catrakilis secured an away draw for the Kings. He also started their next match, in Melbourne against the Rebels,[11] an equally dramatic match with a Catrakilis drop goal in injury time securing the Kings' first ever away win.

He dropped to the bench for their next match against the Bulls before returning to the starting line-up for matches against the Cheetahs and Waratahs. Three more substitute appearances followed, bringing his tally to ten matches in total. The return to fitness of Darron Nell at the end of the season saw him revert to the Eastern Province Kings side playing in the 2013 Vodacom Cup and 2013 Currie Cup First Division competitions.

Cheetahs[edit]

With the Kings not playing Super Rugby in 2014, Bernardo – along with Shane Gates – joined the Cheetahs for pre-season training prior to the 2014 Super Rugby season.[12] However, he was not named in their final squad and returned to Port Elizabeth.[13]

Ospreys[edit]

In April 2014, it was announced that Bernardo joined Welsh Pro12 side Ospreys on a deal until 2017.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Rynier Bernardo". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 40-23 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 29-24 Regent Boland Kavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Ford Pumas 30-19 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 38-15 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Southern Kings : 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Prop Ferreira to lead Kings". Media24. Sport24. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Crusaders 55-20 Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Hurricanes 46-30 Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Brumbies 28-28 Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Rebels 27-30 Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Bernardo and Gates join FS Cheetahs for pre-season training". Rugby15. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "G'n plek vir 2 van Kings". Die Burger (in Afrikaans). 18 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ospreys swoop for Rynier Bernardo from Southern Kings". SkySports. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.