Gio Aplon

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Gio Aplon
Full name Gio Giaan Aplon
Date of birth (1982-10-06) 6 October 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Hermanus, South Africa
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 78 kg (12 st 4 lb; 172 lb)
School Hawston Secondary, Hawston
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback / Wing
Current team Grenoble
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2013 Western Province 96 (174)
2007–2014 Stormers 84 (91)
2014–present Grenoble 19 (14)
Correct as of 25 April 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2007 South Africa Sevens ()
2010–2012 South Africa (test) 17 (25)
2010 South Africa (tour) 1 (0)
Correct as of 21 March 2015

Gio Giaan Aplon (born 6 October 1982) is a South African rugby union footballer for the South Africa national team and Toyota Verblitz in the Top League in Japan. He scored two tries in a 42–17 triumph against the Six Nations winner – France. The match was also his debut playing as a South African winger number 14.


Aplon is a winger who played for the Stormers. He also has had a very successful South African sevens career. He has blistering speed and is known as the "pocket dynamo". Aplon is a bright prospect for South African rugby and playing with the Stormers has given him great confidence. Even though he is small in stature, his speed and elusiveness causes the opposition much grief. He is known for his side steps and is a versatile backline player. Known affectionately by the nickname "Appels" (Afrikaans for Apples) by fans due to his surname, he has become a firm favourite amongst Bok supporters. During the Test in Cape Town against the French on 12 June 2010 he scored 2 tries and was named Man of the Match.

Aplon was part of the winning Western Province Currie Cup side in 2012.


Aplon signed a deal to join French side Grenoble after the 2014 Super Rugby season.[1]


Aplon was born in Hawston a small town to the east of Cape Town. Before he started playing rugby he was in the cricket side for his school.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Aplon au revoir to Stormers". Sport24. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.

External links

  • WP rugby profile
  • Stormers profile
  • "SA Rugby Player Profile – Gio Aplon". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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