Justin Basson

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Justin Basson
Full name Justin Johan Basson
Date of birth (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb; 256 lb)
School Hoër Landbouskool Boland, Paarl
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Cheetahs / Free State Cheetahs / Free State XV
Youth Career
2013 Blue Bulls
2014–2015 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 CUT Ixias 1 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–present Free State XV 28 (10)
2016–present Free State Cheetahs 13 (0)
2017–present Cheetahs 21 (5)
Correct as of 22 September 2018

Justin Johan Basson (born 10 February 1994 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for the Cheetahs in the Pro14, the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup and the Free State XV in the Rugby Challenge.[1] His regular position is lock.

Career

Blue Bulls

After high school, Basson joined the Blue Bulls Academy prior to the 2013 season.[2] He was one of the first-choice locks for the Blue Bulls U19 side during the 2013 Under-19 Provincial Championship; after two appearances off the bench in their first two matches of the season, he started every other match, helping the Blue Bulls finish top of the log to qualify for the title play-offs. He started their 37–21 semi-final victory against the Leopards U19[3] and also the final, in which the Blue Bulls finished the season as champions after beating Gauteng rivals Golden Lions U19 35–23 in Durban.[4]

He was named in a 74-man South Africa Under-20 training squad named in February 2014.[5] However, he did not make the final squad that participated at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.[6]

Free State Cheetahs

After just one season in Pretoria, Basson moved to Bloemfontein to join the Free State Cheetahs. He started the season playing rugby for the UFS Shimlas Young Guns, scoring a try in the final of the 2014 Varsity Cup Young Guns competition to help them win the competition for the first time.[7]

He started nine of the Free State U21 side's thirteen matches during the 2014 Under-21 Provincial Championship and played off the bench on one occasion. He scored one of his side's eighteen tries in a 118–6 demolition of Border U21 in his second match at this level[8] and scored another in a 43–21 victory over the Sharks U21 later in the season[9] to help his side finish in fourth spot and clinch a title play-off spot. He didn't feature in the semi-finals as his side lost 17–41 to Western Province U21.[10]

He was included in a Free State XV that participated in the 2015 Vodacom Cup. He made his first class debut by starting their second match of the season against Boland Cavaliers in a 52–15 victory.[11]

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Justin Basson". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Bulls scoop up schoolboy stars". SuperSport. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 37-21 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Golden Lions 23-35 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ "74 Junior Springbok Hopefuls". Youth Sports Network. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Junior Springboks named for JWC 2014". South African Rugby Union. 22 April 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  7. ^ "UFS Young Guns dethrone Tuks". Varsity Cup. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Free State U21 118-6 Border U21". South African Rugby Union. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Free State U21 43-21 Sharks U21". South African Rugby Union. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Western Province U21 41-17 Free State U21". South African Rugby Union. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Toyota Free State XV 52-15 Boland Cavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
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