Ruben de Haas

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Ruben de Haas
Full name Ruben Pieter de Haas
Date of birth (1998-10-09) October 9, 1998 (age 20)
Place of birth George, South Africa
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
School Jessieville High School
Notable relative(s) Pieter de Haas (father) /
Gerard de Haas (grandfather)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Current team Cheetahs / Free State XV
Youth Career
2017 Free State U19
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
  Little Rock Rugby Club ()
2018 CUT Ixias ()
Correct as of May 21, 2018
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2018–present Free State XV 3 (0)
Correct as of September 22, 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 United States U19 2 ()
2016–2017 United States U20 6 (7)
2017 USA Selects 3 (5)
2018–present United States 4 (5)
Correct as of August 30, 2018

Ruben Pieter de Haas (born October 9, 1998) is a rugby union player who plays scrum-half for the United States men's national team, the Cheetahs in the Pro14, and the Free State XV in the Rugby Challenge.

Early life

Ruben de Haas was born on October 9, 1998,[1] the son of Pieter de Haas and grandson of Gerard de Haas, both first class rugby players with the Free State.[2][3] De Haas attended Jessieville High School[1] and played rugby for the Little Rock Junior Stormers, the only high school rugby team in the state of Arkansas.[3]

Cheetahs

After having represented the United States on age-grade level teams (see sections below), De Haas signed an academy contract with South African provincial union the Free State Cheetahs in July 2017.[4] He played for the Free State U19 side in the 2017 Under-19 Provincial Championship, and also played for university side the CUT Ixias in the 2018 Varsity Cup,[2] before making his first class debut in South African domestic competition, for the Free State XV in their 2018 Rugby Challenge match against the Griffons.[5]

In May 2018, the Free State Cheetahs announced that he signed a contract with the Cheetahs – the union's Pro14 team – until the end of October 2020.[2]

International career

USA High School All-Americans

De Haas first represented the United States as a member of the United States men's national under-19 team (High School All-Americans) in their 2016 tour of Ontario, Canada.[6] De Haas served as the captain of the High School All-Americans.[7]

USA Junior All-Americans

De Haas made his debut with the United States men's national under-20 team (Junior All-Americans) in the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.[8] de Haas made his first appearance for the Junior All-Americans as a 65th minute substitute in a 46–44 loss to Namibia on April 19.[9] De Haas made his first start at scrum-half for the Junior All-Americans in their 32–12 victory over Hong Kong on April 23.[10]

De Haas also made two appearances for the Junior All-Americans in 2017 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy qualification matches. He scored one conversion in the Junior All-Americans' 46–12 defeat to Canada on June 13, 2017.[11] He also scored one conversion and one penalty goal in the Junior All-American's 27–25 victory over Canada on June 17, 2017.[12] De Haas served as the vice captain of the Junior All-Americans.[1]

USA Selects

De Haas made his first appearance with the USA Selects on October 7, 2017, starting at scrum-half in the Selects' 48–26 defeat to Samoa in the 2017 Americas Pacific Challenge.[13] De Haas scored his first try for the Selects on October 15, 2017, appearing as a substitute in the Selects' 45–26 victory over Canada.[14]

USA Eagles

De Haas made his debut with the USA Eagles on February 17, 2018, appearing as a substitute in the Eagles' 45–13 victory over Chile in the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ruben de Haas". USA Rugby. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Promising scrumhalf signs with Toyota Cheetahs" (Press release). Cheetahs. May 28, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Goff, Alex (June 16, 2015). "Arkansas Selects Thrive Under Radar". Goff Rugby Report. Goff Communications. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Goff, Alex (July 6, 2017). "De Haas To Cheetahs Academy In South Africa". FloRugby. FloSports. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "SuperSport Rugby Challenge - Match 12, Pool Stage". South African Rugby Union. April 28, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Wise, Chad (June 24, 2016). "Boys High School All-Americans headed to Canada for two-match tour". Lafayette, Colorado: USA Rugby. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Goff, Alex (August 19, 2017). "De Haas Makes Cheetahs U19 Debut In South Africa". FloRugby. FloSports. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Junior All-Americans named for World Trophy". Americas Rugby News. April 9, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "World Rugby U20 Trophy 2016, Match 1". worldrugby.org. World Rugby. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "World Rugby U20 Trophy 2016, Match 8". worldrugby.org. World Rugby. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Wise, Chad (June 13, 2017). "All-Americans drop first leg of U20 Trophy Qualifier". Edmonton, Alberta: USA Rugby. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Wise, Chad (June 17, 2017). "All-Americans Win, Miss U20 Trophy Qualification". Edmonton, Alberta: USA Rugby. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Samoa overwhelm 14-man USA". Americas Rugby News. October 7, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "USA fend off Canada in Montevideo". Americas Rugby News. October 15, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "Eagles overcome slow start to smash Chile". Americas Rugby News. February 17, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
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