Jacques Potgieter

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Jacques Potgieter
Full name Ulrich Jacques Potgieter
Date of birth (1986-04-24) 24 April 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Weight 115 kg (254 lb; 18 st 2 lb)
School HTS Daniel Pienaar, Uitenhage
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker / Lock
Current team Munakata Sanix Blues
Youth Career
2004 Eastern Province Kings
2005–2007 Sharks
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2009 Sharks (Currie Cup) 2 (0)
2009–2011 Eastern Province Kings 36 (20)
2011–2013 Blue Bulls 9 (10)
2012–2013 Bulls 23 (20)
2014–2015 Waratahs 33 (15)
2014–2018 Munakata Sanix Blues 47 (5)
2016 Sharks 0 (0)
2016–2017 Bulls 5 (5)
Correct as of 11 April 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 South African Kings 2 (5)
2012 South Africa 3 (0)
2015 Barbarians 1 (0)
Correct as of 11 April 2018

Ulrich Jacques Potgieter (born 24 April 1986 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player who last played for Munakata Sanix Blues in the Japanese Top League.[1]


Youth / Sharks / Eastern Province Kings

He represented Eastern Province at the annual Craven Week rugby tournament in 2004 and then clinched a move to the Sharks, whom he represented at various youth levels before playing in the Vodacom Cup for two seasons before moving back to the Eastern Province Kings for the 2009 Currie Cup First Division season.

Blue Bulls / Bulls

In August 2011, the Blue Bulls announced that they had signed Potgieter for the 2012 season on a two-year contract.[2] An early release of his contract was secured and he joined the Bulls on 1 September.

Fukuoka Sanix Blues / Waratahs

In May 2013, it was revealed that he would leave the Bulls at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season. He joined Japanese Top League side Fukuoka Sanix Blues – a deal later extended until 2017[3] – and would also play Super Rugby for the Waratahs in 2014 and 2015.[4][5]


In May 2015, it was announced that Potgieter would return to South Africa to join the Sharks on a two-year deal for the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season.[6] However, he did not make a single appearance for the side.

Return to the Bulls

An injury ruled Potgieter out for the start of the 2016 season and in May, the Bulls announced that he would return to Pretoria on a two-year deal with immediate effect.[7]

South Africa

He became a Springbok on 23 June 2012 against England during a test played at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

External links

  • Jacques Potgieter's profile on itsrugby.co.uk


  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Jacques Potgieter". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Potgieter to stomp with the Bulls" (Press release). Bulls. 3 August 2011. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Japanse klub klou aan Potgieter". Media24 (Press release) (in Afrikaans). 3 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Jacques vir Bulle verlore". Beeld (in Afrikaans). 21 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  5. ^ NSW Waratahs. "Waratahs Rugby confirms marquee signing" (Press release). Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Jacques Potgieter signs" (Press release). Sharks. 6 May 2015. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Marais changes four as Vodacom Bulls face DHL Stormers" (Press release). Bulls. 18 May 2016. Archived from the original on 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
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