Dylan Sage

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Dylan Sage
Full name Dylan Michael Sage
Date of birth (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb; 192 lb)
School Wynberg Boys' High School
University University of Cape Town
Notable relative(s) Doug Hopwood (grandfather)
Jarryd Sage (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Winger
Youth Career
2012–2013 Western Province
2014 Force
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013, 2015 UCT Ikey Tigers 11 (10)
2014 Associates ()
Correct as of 10 December 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–present South Africa Sevens 93 (100)
Correct as of 10 December 2015
Medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team

Dylan Michael Sage (born 24 January 1992) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the South Africa Sevens team.[1] He normally plays as a winger.

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

Rugby career

Western Province / UCT Ikey Tigers

Sage didn't follow the traditional pathway by representing Western Province at any high school provincial competitions such as the Craven Week, but he did join their academy after finishing school. He was a member of the Western Province U21 teams that played in the Under-21 Provincial Championships in 2012 and 2013, but made just a single appearance in 2012.

In 2013, he was a member of the UCT Ikey Tigers side that participated in the 2013 Varsity Cup competition, making three appearances in a disappointing campaign for UCT as they finished in 7th position in the competition.

Force

Sage was one of a number of South Africans that moved to Perth prior to the 2014 season to join the Force and he was included in their Wider Training Group for the 2014 Super Rugby season.[2] However, he failed to make any appearances at Super Rugby level, but did play in the 2014 Pacific Rugby Cup with the Western Force A side[3] and also played club rugby for Associates in the Premier Grade competition.

Return to South Africa

After one season in Perth, Sage returned to South Africa. He again represented the UCT Ikey Tigers in the Varsity Cup competition in 2015, starting all eight of their matches and scoring two tries as UCT reached the semi-finals of the competition before losing to eventual champions UFS Shimlas.

South Africa Sevens

In late 2015, Sage was contracted by the South African Rugby Union to join the South Africa Sevens team.[4] He was named as a member of extended training squad for the side prepared as they for 2016 Summer Olympics[5] He was called in as injury cover for the 2015 South Africa Sevens[6] and subsequently included in the final squad for the event.[7]

2016 Summer Olympics

Sage 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]

Personal life

Sage is the grandson of Doug Hopwood, a rugby player that represented the South Africa national rugby union team in 22 test matches between 1961 and 1965. His younger brother Jarryd is also a professional rugby union player.[11]

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Dylan Sage". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Force finalises 2014 playing roster" (Press release). Force. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Force A tackle Reds A in Pacific Rugby Cup opener". Force. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Springbok Sevens coach pleased with early pre-season form" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Springbok Sevens bring the heat" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Specman, Sage called in as Blitzbok injury cover" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sage to debut for Blitzboks in Cape Town" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  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. ^ "Dylan Sage – The Ikeys most recent 7's Springbok". Ikey Tigers. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
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