Jesse Kriel rugby player
Jesse Kriel rugby player

Jesse Kriel

15th Feb 1994 1.86m/98kg Outside Centre

An extreme athlete, Jesse Kriel has become renowned for his powerful ball carries, solid defence and high work ethic. Now a test international, Kriel played for his school's first XVy at Maritzburg College and went on to represent the Sharks U18 and South African Schools team in 2012. The fullback then signed for the Blue Bulls after school and represented the province in the Vodacom Cup before a call up to the South African U20s for the IRB Junior World Championship in 2013.

Kriel has rugby corsing through his veins with his great grandfather John Hodgson playing for the British and Irish Lions while his twin brother Dan also plays rugby professional.

After a great season at full back for the Bulls in Super Rugby 2015, Kriel earned a call up into the Springbok RWC training squad and was surprisingly named at outside centre for the match against the World XV at Newlands.

He made a huge impact in the back line both on attack and defence. He was included in the Springboks RWC Squad later that year, scoring his first test try in the 44th minute of the match.

Kriel continued to be a formidable presence in the Springbok and Bulls squads as he was named in the Springboks Rugby World Cup squad for the second time.

His versatility has been key for the Springboks with his ability to slot into inside centre, when needed, while he has started on the wing for the national side. However, he has been a regular at outside centre.

Kriel played 70 Super Rugby games for the Bulls before signing a deal with Canon Eagles, who he joined after the Rugby World Cup. He took his test cap tally to 46 during the Rugby World Cup in Japan but suffered an injury in the opening game against New Zealand and missed the remainder of the tournament as the Springboks went on to win the World Cup.

JW Nov 2020.


Career

Maritzburg College logo Maritzburg College
Fullback
canon eagles Canon Eagles
Outside Centre
2019 - present
UP_Tuks UP Tuks
Fullback
2013 - 2013
sa South Africa U20's
Fullback
2014 - 2014
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Outside Centre
2018 - 2018
image Bulls
Outside Centre
2014 - 2019
bb Blue Bulls
Outside Centre
2014 - 2019
sa South Africa
Outside Centre
2015 - 2019