Rudi Britz

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Rudi Britz
Full name Rudolph Martinus Britz
Date of birth (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Virginia, South Africa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb; 256 lb)
School Hoërskool Hentie Cilliers, Virginia
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Griffons
Youth Career
2005–2010 Griffons
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 CUT Ixias 9 (15)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–present Griffons 61 (15)
Correct as of 13 July 2018

Rudolph Martinus Britz (born 3 March 1989 in Virginia, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the Griffons.[1] His regular position is prop.

Career

Youth / CUT Ixias

Britz was selected to represent the Griffons at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week competition in 2005 and at the Under-18 Craven Week competition the following year. In 2007, he represented them at the Under-18 Academy Week and also played for the Griffons U19 side in the 2007 Under-19 Provincial Championship. He also played for them in the 2008 Under-19 Provincial Championship and for the Griffons U21 side at the 2010 Under-21 Provincial Championship.

He represented university side CUT Ixias in the first two editions of the Varsity Shield competition. He scored a try for CUT in their match against UWC[2][3] on their way to the final of the 2011 Varsity Shield, which they won by beating Wits 25–18 to be crowned the first ever Varsity Shield champions.[4]

He played in all nine matches for them during the 2012 Varsity Shield, scoring three tries en route to their second consecutive final. They finished on the losing side in 2012, however, going down 17–19 to Wits.[5]

Griffons

After his 2012 Varsity Shield season, he also became involved with the Griffons senior side. He was included in their squad for the 2012 Currie Cup First Division season and made a total of fifteen appearances. He only started two of those matches, appearing as a replacement for Sarel Louw in the other matches, as the Griffons finished third on the log to qualify to the semi-finals of the competition. His first class debut came in their match against the Falcons in Kempton Park[6] and he scored two tries during the competition – one in his second start (and eighth appearances) for the Griffons in their match against the Falcons in Welkom[7] and another in their semi-final match to Pumas, a last-minute try which wasn't enough to prevent the Griffons slipping to a 30–37 defeat.[8] At the end of the season, he won the Junior of the Year and Most Improved Player at the Griffons' end-of-year awards.[9]

He appeared in all seven of the Griffons' matches in the 2013 Vodacom Cup and appeared eight times for the side in the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season, with the Griffons missing out on a semi-final spot in both competitions.

Five appearances followed in the 2014 Vodacom Cup. He also made a single appearance in their 2014 Currie Cup First Division season, playing in their final regular season stage match against the SWD Eagles.[10] The Griffons qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second on the log, secured a 45–43 victory over the SWD Eagles in the semi-final[11] and got a 23–21 win in the final against the Falcons in Welkom to win their first trophy for six years.[12]

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Rudi Britz". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wits and CUT still unbeaten". Varsity Cup. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – UWC 28-41 CUT". South African Rugby Union. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Wits 18-25 CUT". South African Rugby Union. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – CUT 17-19 Wits". South African Rugby Union. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 27-37 Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Griffons 36-39 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Ford Pumas 37-30 Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Griffons wys Graaff aan as hul beste" (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 19 November 2012. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Down Touch Griffons 27-42 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Down Touch Griffons 45-43 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Currie Cup Griffons win First Division title". Sport24. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
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