Sandile Ngcobo (rugby union)

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Sandile Ngcobo
Full name Sandile Caleb Ngcobo
Date of birth (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Alexandra, South Africa
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb; 187 lb)
School Highlands North Senior School
University University of Johannesburg
Rugby union career
Position(s) Winger
Youth Career
2007–2010 Golden Lions
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 UJ 0 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2014 Falcons 36 (50)
2015 Griquas 6 (5)
Correct as of 12 October 2015
Correct as of 5 August 2015

Sandile Caleb 'Stix' Ngcobo (born 1 August 1989 in Alexandra, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the South African Sevens Academy team.[1] His regular position is winger.

Career

Golden Lions / UJ

Ngcobo first earned a provincial call-up when he represented the Golden Lions at the Under-18 Academy Week tournament in 2007. In 2010, he made two appearances for the Golden Lions U21 side in the 2010 Under-21 Provincial Championship Group A.

He was named in the UJ squad for the 2012 Varsity Cup, but failed to make any appearances.

Falcons

He joined Kempton Park-based side the Falcons prior to the 2012 Currie Cup First Division. He made his first class debut by starting the Falcons' Round One defeat to the Griffons, taking just four minutes to score his first senior try, which was ultimately not enough as the Griffons won the match 37–27.[2] He appeared in thirteen of the Falcons' fourteen matches in the competition, starting ten of those. He contributed further tries in their matches against the Border Bulldogs,[3] the Leopards[4] and the Boland Cavaliers[5] as the Falcons struggled to 7th in the eight-team competition.

He made five appearances for the Falcons during the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition, scoring on try in their 7–40 defeat to Griquas,[6] before starting on ten matches and playing off the bench twice during their 2014 Currie Cup First Division season. He was not as prolific as the previous season, getting just a single try in their match against the Eastern Province Kings.[7]

He was the top try scorer for the Falcons in the 2014 Vodacom Cup, scoring four tries. He scored a try in each of their matches against the Leopards XV[8] and the Limpopo Blue Bulls[9] before getting a brace in their 34–64 defeat to Griquas.[10]

Sevens

Ngcobo then joined the South Africa Sevens set-up, where he was named the captain of their Academy side,[11] leading them in tournaments such as the Rome Sevens in Italy and the Geneva Sevens in Switzerland.[12]

Griquas

He returned to the 15-man version of the sport when he was released by SARU to represent Griquas in the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division.[13]

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Sandile Ngcobo". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 27-37 Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 38-36 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards 57-22 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 52-52 Regent Boland Kavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 7-40 GWK Griquas". South African Rugby Union. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 30-23 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 29-40 Leopards XV". South African Rugby Union. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 65-14 Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – GWK Griquas 64-34 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Sevens Academy adds Varsity stars". Rugby365. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Sevens Academy looking for another title". South African Rugby Union. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Springbok Sevens shift into gear for momentous season". South African Rugby Union. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
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