Shane Gates

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Shane Gates
Full name Shane Edward Gates
Date of birth (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
School Muir College, Uitenhage
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half / Centre
Current team NTT Shining Arcs
Youth Career
2010–2012 Eastern Province Kings
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2015 Eastern Province Kings 24 (35)
2013 Kings 7 (0)
2016 Kings 14 (5)
2016–present NTT Shining Arcs 12 (5)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 South African Kings 1 (0)
Correct as of 21 February 2013

Shane Edward Gates is a South African rugby union player, currently playing in the Japanese Top League with NTT Shining Arcs.[1] His usual position is fly-half or inside centre.



He was born in Port Elizabeth and played for the Eastern Province Kings in several underage competitions. He represented them at the Under-18 Craven Week competition in 2010 and also played for the Eastern Province U19 side in the 2010 Under-19 Provincial Championship. He represented the Eastern Province U21 side in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 competitions, helping them reach the Division B final on all three occasions and winning the title in 2012 and 2013.

Eastern Province Kings / Southern Kings[edit]

In 2011, he was included in the 2011 Vodacom Cup squad, but failed to make an appearance for the team, despite being named on the bench for their match against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria.[2] His senior debut came during the 2012 Vodacom Cup competition against Argentinean invitational side Pampas XV in Stellenbosch;[3] he started the match and also marked the occasion by scoring his first try, dotting down shortly before half-time. He made a further three starts and one substitute's appearance during the competition.

He made his Currie Cup debut at the end of 2012, when he started their match against the Free State Cheetahs in the promotion/relegation play-offs. Despite scoring a try,[4] he could not help the Kings crashing to a 53–14 defeat and ultimately failing to win promotion.

Gates was named in the Kings wider training squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season, but was subsequently released to the Vodacom Cup squad.[5] However, he was later called back into the Super Rugby squad and made his debut in that competition against the Highlanders in a 34–27 victory in Port Elizabeth.[6] He made four appearances from the bench before starting his first Super Rugby match, the final regular season match against the Sharks in Durban.[7] He also played in both legs of the Kings' promotion/relegation matches against the Lions,[8][9] which saw the Kings fall out of Super Rugby for 2014.

With the Kings not playing Super Rugby in 2014, Gates – along with lock Rynier Bernardo – joined the Cheetahs for pre-season training prior to the 2014 Super Rugby season.[10] However, he was not included in their final squad and returned to the Kings.[11] He wasn't involved in the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition, instead training with the Kings' Currie Cup group prior to the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division season.[12] In June 2014, he was selected in the starting line-up for the Eastern Province Kings side to face Wales during a tour match during a 2014 incoming tour. He played the first 72 minutes of the match as the Kings suffered a 12–34 defeat.[13]

In May 2015, Gates captained the side for the first time in a friendly encounter against the Golden Lions.[14] With the Kings returning to Super Rugby in 2016 season, Gates was named vice-captain for the season. He captained the Kings for first time against the Cheetahs in May following an injury to regular captain Steven Sykes.[15]

NTT Shining Arcs[edit]

In June 2016, it was announced that Gates would join Japanese Top League side NTT Shining Arcs on a two-year deal following the 2016 Super Rugby season.[16]

Representative rugby[edit]

In 2011, Gates was included in a South African Kings squad that participated in the 2011 IRB Nations Cup in Romania.[17] He made substitute appearances in their matches against Georgia[18] and Portugal[19] and was an unused substitute against Romania.[20]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Shane Gates". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 29-28 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Pampas XV 26-34 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Toyota Free State Cheetahs 53-14 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Green, Michael (7 January 2013). "Kings het geen plek vir Tiger". Beeld (in Afrikaans). Media24. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Southern Kings 34-27 Highlanders". South African Rugby Union. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks 58-13 Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Southern Kings 19-26 MTN Lions". South African Rugby Union. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Lions 18-23 Southern Kings". South African Rugby Union. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bernardo and Gates join FS Cheetahs for pre-season training". Rugby15. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "G'n plek vir 2 van Kings". Die Burger (in Afrikaans). 18 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Kings aim to be fittest team in the Currie Cup". Herald Live. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 12-34 Wales". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  14. ^ Pillay, Deneesha (11 March 2015). "Gates to skipper Kings in clash with Lions". Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  15. ^ Rich, Gavin (12 May 2016). "Gates captains as Sykes pulls out". Supersport. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Shane Gates and Aidon Davis to move on after Super Rugby" (Press release). Southern Kings. 15 June 2016. Archived from the original on 15 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "SA Kings Side Named to Face Nations Cup". Eastern Province Rugby. 25 May 2011. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Georgia 17 – 31 SA Kings". IRB. 10 June 2011. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Portugal 12 – 39 SA Kings". IRB. 19 June 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Romania 23 – 27 SA Kings". IRB. 15 June 2011. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2014.