Lukhanyo Am

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Lukhanyo Am
Date of birth (1993-11-28) 28 November 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth King William's Town, South Africa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
School De Vos Malan High School, King William's Town
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Current team Sharks / Sharks (Currie Cup)
Youth Career
2012 Border Bulldogs
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Border Bulldogs 2 (0)
2014 Falcons 2 (5)
2015 Border Bulldogs 18 (5)
2016 Southern Kings 10 (5)
2016–present Sharks (Currie Cup) 17 (20)
2017–present Sharks 32 (35)
Correct as of 21 July 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 South Africa 'A' 2 (0)
2017–2018 South Africa 6 (5)
Correct as of 16 September 2018

Lukanhyo Am (born 28 November 1993) is a South African rugby union player for the Sharks in Super Rugby and in the Currie Cup.[1] His regular position is centre.

Career

He played for the Margate-based Gladiators Rugby Academy before he was called into the Border Bulldogs Under–19 squad[2] that won the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship Division B and winning promotion to Division A, making six appearances and scoring three tries.

After spending time with Saracens during the off-season as part of an exchange programme in conjunction with the British High Commission,[3] he returned to be included in the senior squad for the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition and made his senior debut against defending champions Western Province in Paarl.[4]

In 2013, he was named in a South African Barbarians team to face Saracens in London.[5]

Southern Kings

At the start of 2016, Am was one of two Sharks players that joined the Southern Kings' Super Rugby squad for a trial period as they prepared for the 2016 Super Rugby season.[6]

South Africa 'A'

In 2016, Am was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[7] He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein,[8] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.[9] He was promoted to the starting line-up for the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George.[10]

Sharks

After a successful spell at Southern Kings there were high expectations that he had to meet. He did not disappoint and played a crucial part for the Sharks, helping them reach the quarter finals of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

South Africa

In 2017, Am was included in the South African squad for the 2017 end-of-year rugby union internationals.

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Lukhanyo Am". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Border Bound". South Coast Fever. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Exchange programme offers previously disadvantaged players big dreams" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – DHL Western Province 22-13 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ "South African Barbarians name squad for City clash". Saracens. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  6. ^ "New recruits as Southern Kings 2016 season starts" (Press release). Eastern Province Kings. 4 January 2016. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Ackermann to coach SA 'A' against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Youth and experience for SA 'A' opener against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
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