Junior Bester

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Junior Bester
Full name Alwyn Bester
Date of birth (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Vredendal, South Africa
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 105 kg (16 st 7 lb; 231 lb)
School Boland Agricultural School, Paarl
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loose-forward
Current team SWD Eagles
Youth Career
2007–2008 Boland Cavaliers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 Boland Cavaliers 18 (10)
2010 Pumas 7 (5)
2011–2013 Boland Cavaliers 46 (40)
2014–present SWD Eagles 30 (20)
Correct as of 8 October 2015

Alwyn 'Junior' Bester (born 15 April 1987 in Vredendal) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the SWD Eagles.[1] His regular position is flanker or number 8.

Career

Youth

He came through the youth structures at Wellington-based side Boland Cavaliers and played for the Boland U21 side in 2007 and 2008.

Boland Cavaliers

He graduated to the senior side in 2009, being named in the 2009 Vodacom Cup squad.[2] He made his debut in the first round of this competition, starting in an 18–43 loss to the Sharks XV.[3] He started all six of Boland's matches in that competition and was also included in their Currie Cup squad for the 2009 Currie Cup Premier Division competition.[4] He made his Currie Cup debut by starting in the first match of the season, a 26–18 victory over the Leopards.[5] He made 11 appearances in total, as well as the second leg of their promotion/relegation series against the Pumas,[6] a result that saw Boland relegated to the 2010 Currie Cup First Division.

Pumas

Bester remained in the Premier Division however, by joining the Pumas for the 2010 season. He didn't feature in the 2010 Vodacom Cup, but he did make his Pumas debut in their opening 2010 Currie Cup Premier Division match against the Blue Bulls.[7] He made seven appearances in total for the Pumas, scoring one try.

Return to Boland Cavaliers

He remained with the Pumas for just one season before returning to former side Boland Cavaliers. He remained a regular in the team during his three-year spell there, making close to fifty appearances in the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup competitions.

SWD Eagles

He left Boland for the second time after the conclusion of the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season though, joining near-rivals SWD Eagles prior to the 2014 season.[8]

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Junior Bester". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Boland Cavaliers : 2009 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Boland Cavaliers 18-43 Sharks XV". South African Rugby Union. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Boland : 2009 ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Boland 26-18 Platinum Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Pumas 40-3 Boland Cavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 38-15 Barloworld Toyota Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Moenie SWD afskryf – Fortuin". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Die Son. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
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