Gavin Annandale

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Gavin Annandale
Full name Gavin Barnard Annandale
Date of birth (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Welkom, South Africa
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb; 247 lb)
School Hoërskool Brandwag, Benoni
University Central University of Technology
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock / Flanker
Current team Griffons
Youth Career
2005–2007 Falcons
2008–2010 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 CUT Ixias 9 (20)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 Falcons 5 (0)
2010–2012 Griffons 27 (10)
2013 Golden Lions XV 2 (0)
2013 Leopards 1 (0)
2014–2015 Boland Cavaliers 27 (5)
2014 Western Province 1 (0)
2016–present Griffons 49 (15)
Correct as of 27 October 2018

Gavin Barnard Annandale (born 27 April 1989 in Welkom) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the Griffons.[1] His regular position is lock.



Annandale played high school rugby for Hoërskool Brandwag in Benoni, also captaining the side in 2007.[2] He was also included in a few youth provincial tournaments; he played for the Falcons' Under-16 side at the Grant Khomo Week in 2005 and for their Under-18 side at the 2006 Academy Week and 2007 Craven Week tournaments. He was also included in the Falcons U19 squads that participated in the 2006 and 2007 Under-19 Provincial Championship competitions.

In 2008, he moved to Bloemfontein to attend the Central University of Technology[3] where he represented the Free State U19 side in the 2008 Under-19 Provincial Championship.


He made his first class debut in 2009, playing for the Falcons in the 2009 Vodacom Cup competition, starting in their 65–12 opening day defeat against Griquas in Kimberley[4] and made a total of five appearances for the Falcons during the competition.

Griffons / CUT Ixias

However, he continued his rugby career in the Free State. He played for Welkom-based side the Griffons during the 2010 Vodacom Cup competition, making three appearances. He also played for the Free State U21 side in the Under-21 Provincial Championship in the latter half of the season. He was included in university side CUT Ixias' squad for the 2011 Varsity Shield competition, but failed to make any appearances, but (after appearing in a compulsory friendly match for the Griffons against the Blue Bulls)[5] made his Currie Cup debut later in 2011. He started in their first match of the season against his former side the Falcons in Kempton Park and marked the occasion by also scoring his first senior try by opening the scoring for the Griffons in the 17th minute of the match.[6] He made a total of eleven appearances in the competition, starting six of those and helping the Griffons reach the semi-finals.

Annandale played his first Varsity Shield campaign in 2012 with CUT Ixias, helping them top the log after the round-robin stages, but ultimately falling short by losing to Wits in the final.[7] Annandale played in all nine of their matches during the competition and scored four tries. He then played in the remainder of the Griffons' 2012 Vodacom Cup season, making three appearances, and played in a further nine matches during the 2012 Currie Cup First Division season.

Golden Lions

He returned to Gauteng prior to the 2013 season by joining the Golden Lions as they recruited a number of youth players following the Lions' omission from the 2013 Super Rugby season.[8] He made three appearances for them during 2013 Vodacom Cup, a competition they eventually won. Annandale played in two matches during the round-robin stages and also played off the bench in their semi-final victory over Western Province.[9]


He was included in the Golden Lions squad for the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division season,[10] he was never included in a matchday squad. Instead, he made one single appearance on loan to Potchefstroom-based side the Leopards in the 2013 Currie Cup First Division, playing off the bench in their match against the Border Bulldogs.[11]

Boland Cavaliers

He was on the move again in 2014 as he joined Wellington-based side Boland Cavaliers for the 2014 Currie Cup qualification tournament.[12] He made his debut for them against his old side the Griffons in a 27–25 defeat.[13]


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Gavin Annandale". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Trane in Benoni" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 26 March 2007. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ "SUT gee Hartswater op sy baadjie" (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 19 February 2008. Archived from the original on 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 65-12 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Tasol Solar Griffons 19-50 Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 38-27 Tasol Solar Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – CUT 17-19 Wits". South African Rugby Union. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Leeus wemel van Super-ervaring" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 20 January 2013. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Golden Lions 44-25 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – MTN Golden Lions : 2013 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards 22-26 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Swart-en-goues verwelkom vyf" (in Afrikaans). Die Burger. 6 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Down Touch Griffons 27-25 Boland". South African Rugby Union. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
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