Gerhardus Cornelis Steenekamp, commonly known as Gerhard Steenekamp, is a talented South African rugby union player who has made a mark in provincial and national levels. He was born on 9 April 1997 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Standing at an impressive height of 1.94 m (6 ft 4+1⁄2 in) and weighing 128 kg (282 lb), he brings size and power to the field in his regular position as a loosehead prop.
Steenekamp's rugby journey started at Potchefstroom Gimnasium, where he captained the school's rugby team. He showcased his skills and potential while representing the Leopards at various youth levels before transitioning to the Blue Bulls after completing his school education. As part of the Blue Bulls, he made valuable contributions to their under-19 team and caught the attention of selectors.
In 2017, Steenekamp's talent earned him a place in the Bulls' wider training squad for the Super Rugby competition. His dedication and hard work paid off when he was also selected for the South Africa Under-20 national team for the U20 World Championship. Representing his country on the international stage, he gained valuable experience and exposure.
Steenekamp's journey continued in August 2017 when he signed a deal that extended his stay in Pretoria, ensuring his presence with the Bulls until at least 2019. This signified the confidence and belief the team had in his abilities, recognizing his potential as a prop.
Making his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls in February 2020, Steenekamp showcased his skills and made an impact as a replacement prop in a match against the Stormers. Since then, he has been a key member of the Bulls' Super Rugby side, contributing to their success in the 2020 season and beyond.
Currently, Steenekamp continues to represent the Bulls in the United Rugby Championship and the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup. With his size, strength, and skills, he poses a formidable presence on the field as a prop. His contributions to both club and national levels highlight his dedication and commitment to the sport.
As of 23 July 2022, Steenekamp has amassed 33 appearances for the Bulls and 15 appearances for the Blue Bulls, showcasing his consistency and value to the teams. Additionally, he represented the South Africa Under-20 national team, further adding to his rugby accomplishments.
Gerhard Steenekamp's promising career demonstrates his potential for further growth and success in the world of rugby. As he continues to hone his skills and make valuable contributions to his teams, he remains a player to watch out for in the future.
|2017 - present
|2020 - present
|South Africa U20's
|2017 - 2017