Cheslin Kolbe

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Cheslin Kolbe
Cheslin Kolbe 2017.jpg
Date of birth (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Kraaifontein, South Africa
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)[1]
School Brackenfell High School
Notable relative(s) Wayde van Niekerk (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback / Wing
Current team Toulouse
Youth Career
2009–2012 Western Province
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2017 Western Province 47 (67)
2013–2017 Stormers 49 (74)
2017–present Toulouse 22 (50)
Correct as of 18 April 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2017 South Africa Sevens ()
2013 South Africa Under-20 5 (10)
2018–present South Africa 6 (10)
Correct as of 17 November 2018
Medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team

Cheslin Kolbe (born 28 October 1993) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and for Toulouse in the Top 14 in France.[1] His regular position is fullback.

He was a member of the South African Sevens team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Career

Youth level

He represented Western Province at various youth levels, from the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in 2009 to the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship.

Sevens

Since 2012, he also represented the South Africa Sevens team. In 2013, he was included in the squad for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.[2]

South Africa Under-20

In 2013, he was included in the training group that toured Argentina in preparation for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.[3] He was then included in the squad for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.[4]

Western Province

He made his provincial first class debut in their Vodacom Cup match against Boland Cavaliers.[5] and a month later he was named on the bench for the Stormers for their Super Rugby game against the Sharks.[6]

He penned a three-year deal to remain at Western Province until 2016.[7]

2016 Summer Olympics

Kolbe was included in a 12-man squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[8] He was named as a substitute for their first match in Group B of the competition against Spain, with South Africa winning the match 24–0.[9][10]

Toulouse

Kolbe moved to France to join Top 14 side Toulouse for the 2017–2018 season.[11] Kolbe received a call-up to the South Africa national team for the 2018 Rugby Championship. He made his debut for South Africa against Australia on 8 September, during Round Three of the competition, coming on in the 33rd minute as an injury replacement for Makazole Mapimpi, in a match that South Africa lost 18–23.

Personal life

Kolbe is the cousin of South African track and field sprinter Wayde van Niekerk, who won the gold medal in the 400 metres at the 2016 Olympics.[12]

Endorsements

Kolbe is sponsored by adidas for a range of leisurewear and boots, he also wears a Firepower rugby headguard that match the team kit colours.

References

  1. ^ a b c "SA Rugby Player Profile – Cheslin Kolbe". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Kyle Brown back to command Springbok Sevens for Mission Moscow". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ "SA U20 training group named for Argentine tour". South African Rugby Union. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Steenkamp leads powerful SA U20 JWC squad". South African Rugby Union. 25 April 2013. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Regent Boland Cavaliers 17-17 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Van Aswegen to start at flyhalf". Stormers. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  7. ^ "New deal for WP's Kolbe". Planet Rugby. 13 August 2013. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Rugby Sevens squad for Olympics named". South African Rugby Union. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Men Schedule & Results – Olympic Rugby Sevens (RSA–ESP)". Rio 2016. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Olympic Games Men's Sevens, Match 2". World Rugby. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Communiqué officiel Cheslin Kolbe sera Stadiste en 2017-2018" (Press release) (in French). Stade Toulousain. 18 January 2017. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Twee neefs soek goud". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 16 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
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