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Tighthead Prop

Jacobie Adriaanse Jacobie Adriaanse
Jacobie Adriaanse

Powerful tighthead prop Jacobie Adriaanse has been a stand out player since age-group level when he represented South Africa at two U19 IRB World Championships.

Adriaanse continued to make a name for himself at Western Province at U21 level and in the Vodacom Cup, and in 2008, in his first Currie Cup season with Boland, he was chosen to represent the Emerging South Africa side at the IRB Nations Cup.

Gaining vast experience over the next two years at Currie Cup level with both Boland and Griquas, Adriaanse was able to make a smooth transition to Super Rugby with the Lions in 2011.

Adriaanse had an outstanding 2011 season and was an integral part of the Lions' victorious Currie Cup campaign. His powerful scrummaging and strong work off the ball have made him a valuable asset to the Lions.

Date of Birth: 19/07/1985
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 178cm
Weight: 112kg
Currently contracted to: Scarlets

Lourens Adriaanse Lourens Adriaanse
Lourens Adriaanse

Powerful tighthead prop Lourens Adriaanse has been a stand out performer since a young age, having represented Western Province throughout age-group level.

On the back of an outstanding 2010 Varsity Cup campaign, where he was instrumental in helping Maties win the title, Adriaanse signed for Griquas in 2011 and was immediately drafted into the Cheetahs Super Rugby side.

A powerful scrummager with a high work rate, Adriaanse continues to play an integral role for the Cheetahs.

Date of Birth: 05/02/1988
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 181cm
Weight: 115kg
Currently contracted to: Cheetahs

Louis Albertse Louis Albertse
Louis Albertse

Schooled at Michael House in Kwazulu-Natal, powerful tighthead prop Louis Albertse went on to represent Natal at Coca-Cola Craven Week before moving to Johannesburg where he represented the Lions throughout age-group level.

A strong scrummager who gets through a mountain of work around the park, Albertse impressed the Blue Bulls coaching staff who were quick to sign the strongman in 2012. Albertse's monumental scrumming displays and tireless work- rate made him a standout performer for the Bulls in the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition.

Albertse's form also got him notice by French side Aix en Provence, where the big tighthead has signed a contract.

Date of Birth: 02/04/1990
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 182cm
Weight: 120kg
Currently contracted to: Aix en Provence

Stephan Bezuidenhout Stephan Bezuidenhout
Stephan Bezuidenhout

Stephan Bezuidenhout starred for Potchefstroom University (Pukke) in the Varsity Cup competitions from 2009 through to 2011. His performances caught the eye of Leopards and he made his Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup debuts in 2011 season. He impressed with some solid performances in his debut season in Top 8.

Date of Birth: 10/05/1986
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 128 kg
Currently contracted to: Leopards

Kevin Buys Kevin Buys
Kevin Buys

EP Kings strongman Kevin Buys began his career with the Blue Bulls before making the move to France to play Top 14 rugby with Brive.

After two successful seasons with the French club, the powerful tighthead prop returned to South Africa to sign with the Lions.

A physical player with an impressive work rate, Buys enjoyed a strong 2009 Currie Cup season and was a stand out performer for the Lions in their 2010 Super 14 campaign.

In 2012, Buys signed with the EP Kings who made their Super Rugby debut in 2013.

At the conclusion of the 2013 Super Rugby season Kevin signed with French Top 14 side CA Brive.

Date of Birth: 26/04/86
Position: Tighthead prop
Height: 1.91m
Weight: 120kg
Currently contracted to: CA Brive

Deacon Chowles

This young juggernaut of a prop may not come from one of South Africa’s traditional rugby powerhouses, but the former Hermanus High School star has a big future ahead of him just the same.

Tipping the scales at 112kg, Deacon can play anywhere in the front-row, but is most comfortable anchoring the scrum at tighthead. Incredibly strong in the set- pieces, the big man has speed that belies his impressive bulk, making him a go-to ball-carrier for his team.

After impressing at Boland in the age-group sides, Deacon was snapped up by Western Province who he represented at both U19 and U21 levels.

Date of Birth:17/10/93
Position: Tighthead prop
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 112kg
Currently contracted to: Western Province

Michael Coetzee

A product of Selborne College in East London, Michael Coetzee started playing for Border u21 in 1999 and remained with the province until 2006 when he signed to play for Racing Metro in the French ProD2. Metro had big plans as a club and Coetzee found himself playing alongside some world class players, not last of all, Andrew Mehrtens.

His game grew stronger and he became a very well respected tighthead prop in France over the 3 years he spent at Racing Metro. By the end of 2008/09 season, he had played over 70 times for Racing Metro and the club had gained promotion to Top 14.

In 2009 he decided to move to Castres even though Racing Metro were very keen for him to remain at the club. It was not an easy decision for him to leave Racing Metro at the time but he felt Castres, under the coaching of Laurent Travers, would be a competitive team and a good environment.

In his first season with Castres, he struggled with injury but he came back strongly in his second season and has subsequently extended his contract with Castres for a further 3 seasons.

Coetzee is on the small side for a tighthead prop but his consistency in Top 14 indicates that he is a reliable scrummager and highly rated.

Date of Birth: 06/12/79
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 1.78m
Weight:112kg
Currently contracted to: Castres

Ruaan du Preez Ruaan du Preez
Ruaan du Preez

Ruaan Du Preez started his career with Boland in 2003 and gradually progressed from the junior ranks to the senior team in 2007. His senior performances impressed Western Province and they signed him in 2008 but a change of coach meant he quickly moved to Griqualand West later the same year. After two Currie Cup seasons with Griqualand West, he decided to sign for French club, Bourgoin at the same time as his Griqualand West front row partner, Albertus Buckle.

His first season at Bourgoin was not an easy season as he had to have surgery on his neck. He returned to play well in the last 10 games of French Top 14 Championship but Bourgoin got relegated but Du Preez played well enough to catch the eye of Oyonnax and joined them for 2011/2012 season.

Date of Birth: 20/03/84
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 1.87m
Weight: 118kg
Currently contracted to: Oyonnax

Grant Kemp

Grant Kemp made a big impression in the 2010 Varsity Cup, helping UCT to secure a place in the final of the competition. An impressive ball-carrier, he is aggressive in the loose and reliable at the set pieces. Still young, he is highly rated in South Africa and certainly has the strength and ability to make it at the top level. Kemp received a number of offers following the completion of the 2010 season. Having played for Western Province Amateurs, he agreed to move to Pretoria, signing a deal with TUKS and the Bulls.

In 2011, he was a member of the Tuks team that lost to UCT in final of the Varsity Cup. Whilst it might have been painful for Kemp to lose to his former team- mates in the final, he continues to grow his game in Pretoria under the watchful eye of Bulls Director of Rugby, Heyneke Meyer.

Date of Birth: 31/10/88
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 1.89m
Weight: 120kg
Currently contracted to: SWD Eagles

Simon Kerrod

Big tighthead prop Simon Kerrod made his senior debut for the Sharks in 2013 after excelling at junior level at the union.

A quality scrummager and strong ball-carrier, Kerrod represented the SA Barbarians against Saracens in London the same year.

He began his career with the Blue Bulls in U19 – despite being just 17 – and went on to represent the Sharks with great aplomb in both U19 and U21.

Kerrod has signed on with the EP Kings and NNMU for the 2014 season.

Date of Birth:25/08/92
Position: Tighthead prop
Height: 1.82m
Weight: 114kg
Currently contracted to: Sharks

Frik Kirsten

Having represented South Africa at the U19 World Championships in 2007, and the Junior World Championships the following year, Kirsten came of age in 2012 and played in all but four matches for the Bulls and Blue Bulls, with only a broken hand keeping him out of action for a month.

Already a very solid and reliable scrummer, this athletic prop also adds mobility and good defence to his all-round game. His rotation with Werner Kruger at tighthead at the Bulls is providing the union with considerable options up front.

He first joined the Bulls in 2006, representing them through the age-group teams, before making his debut for the senior side in 2009 against WP. He made his Super Rugby debut the same year.

At 25, he has 31 Super Rugby caps and is quickly establishing himself as a senior member of the squad.

Date of Birth: 18/08/88
Position: Tighthead prop
Height: 1.93m
Weight: 120kg
Currently contracted to: Bulls

Rossouw Kruger Rossouw Kruger
Rossouw Kruger

Powerful tighthead prop Rossouw Kruger represented Western Province at age- group level before moving to Boland in 2009.

After an outstanding 2010 season with Boland, Kruger was signed by French Top 14 club Castres. A strong ball-carrier and powerful scrummager, Kruger gained a lot of experience from his stint in France, featuring in a number of Heineken Cup matches for the Top 14 club.

Kruger returned to Boland halfway through 2012 and will add considerable experience and grunt to the Western Cape-based team.

Date of Birth: 03/05/1989
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 188cm
Weight: 114kg
Currently contracted to: Boland

Raoul Larson Raoul Larson
Raoul Larson

After matriculating at Grey College in Bloemfontein, Larson represented the Free State at the 2002 Craven Week as well as at U20, U21 and Vodacom Cup levels.

A powerful scrummager, Larson played professionally in France for 2 years before returning to play for Eastern Province and Boland. He was chosen to represent Namibia in the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup, where he had the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world.

Larson is not only a strong scrummager but also mobile around the park, which will make him a great asset for the SWD Eagles in 2012.

Date of Birth: 14/05/84
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 1.85m
Weight: 120kg
Currently contracted to: SWD Eagles
International Honours: Namibia

Brian Mujati

Former Springbok prop forward Brian Mujati was born in Zimbabwe and first came to prominence with some impressive performances for the Lions in Super 14 and Currie Cup in 2007. In 2008 he made a move down to Cape Town, performed impressively for the Stormers, caught the eye of the national selectors and quickly racked up 12 test caps. However his tour to Europe at the end of 2008 ended with a test he’d rather forget against Wales.

After Super 14 in 2009, Mujati decided he needed a fresh challenge and he signed a 2 year contract to play for Northampton Saints.

By the end of the 2 year contract, he was regarded as one of the leading tight head props in Europe. In his first season, he gradually improved and grew stronger with some outstanding performances. However in 2010/2011 season, Mujati along with England hooker, Dylan Hartley and Tongan loosehead prop, Soane Tonga’huia formed a Saints front row that regularly demolished opposing scrums. Northampton Saints were runners up in Heineken Cup and Mujati was shortlisted for Aviva Premiership Player of the Season.

Off the field, Mujati has started his own brewing business out of his garage in Northampton. Life seems to be working out for him and his family in Northampton and he decided to sign a new 3 year contract with the Saints.

Date of Birth: 28/09/84
Position: Prop forward
Height: 1.81cm
Weight: 116kgs
Currently contracted to: Northampton Saints
International Honours: Springboks (12 Caps)

WP Nel

WP Nel began his career in Western Province before impressing Naka Drotske whilst on loan to Boland in 2008 and grabbing an opportunity with the Cheetahs.

He first came to prominence in 2009 Currie Cup with some outstanding performances for Cheetahs. At the end of the 2009 season, he was selected to represented the Barbarians against All Blacks at Twickenham. Highly-rated by Springbok legend Os du Randt, Nel has become an important player for the Cheetahs with his powerful carrying and impressive work rate.

Date of Birth: 30/04/86
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 1.82m
Weight: 120kg
Currently contracted to: Edinburgh
International Honours: Barbarians (2009)

Basil Short Basil Short
Basil Short

Young tighthead prop Basil Short has shown immense potential at such a young age.

A powerful scrummager and strong ball carrier, Short has been earmarked as a future Bulls stalwart, and has a bright future ahead of him.

Date of Birth: 19/05/91
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 1.89m
Weight: 116kg
Currently contracted to: Blue Bulls / Tuks

Nicolaas van Dyk Nicolaas van Dyk
Nicolaas van Dyk

Schooled at Paarl Boys High, impressive tighthead prop Nicolaas 'Maks' van Dyk represented Western Province at Craven Week before moving to Durban in 2011.

A powerful scrummager and strong ball carrier, Van Dyk made a name for himself during the 2012 IRB Junior World Championships when he came off the bench to help turn around a failing South African scrum that led to a big victory over England and saw them qualify for the Semi-Finals. In the Final, Van Dyk was instrumental in obliterating the New Zealand scrum and helping South Africa win the competition for the first time.

Aside from his impressive scrummaging, Van Dyk's high work rate and immense defence make him a valuable asset to any team.

Date of Birth: 21/01/92
Position: Tighthead Prop
Height: 1.87m
Weight: 115kg
Currently contracted to: Sharks