Henco Venter rugby player
Henco Venter rugby player

Henco Venter

27th Mar 1992 1.92m/107kg Blindside Flanker

Hendrik Petrus Venter, commonly known as Henco Venter, was born on 27 March 1992 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is a South African rugby union player who currently represents the Sharks in Super Rugby. Prior to joining the Sharks, he played for the Cheetahs from 2015 to 2019. Venter's primary position is as a flanker.

Henco Venter has an impressive rugby pedigree as the nephew of former Springbok flanker Ruben Kruger. He followed in his uncle's footsteps by representing the Cheetahs at various levels, starting from the under-13 team and progressing all the way to the senior side.

His first taste of professional rugby came when he made his first-class debut for the Free State Cheetahs during the 2012 Currie Cup Promotion/Relegation series against the Eastern Province Kings. This marked the beginning of his career in professional rugby.

In 2014, Venter earned a call-up to the Cheetahs' Super Rugby squad and made his debut against the Lions. Alongside his professional rugby commitments, he pursued his studies at the University of the Free State and represented Shimlas in the Varsity Cup between 2013 and 2015.

Venter's final year of Varsity Cup rugby in 2015 was particularly notable, as he was named in the Dream Team at the conclusion of the tournament. His consistent performances earned him a regular spot in both the Cheetahs' Super Rugby and Currie Cup squads. By the time the Cheetahs joined the Pro14 in 2017, Venter had amassed 30 Super Rugby appearances.

Following the 2017/18 season, Venter ventured overseas and joined the Japanese side Toshiba Brave Lupus. He gained valuable experience and exposure to a different rugby culture during his time in Japan.

In January 2020, Venter's talents were recognized by the Sharks, and he was named in their squad for the 2020 Super Rugby season. With his skillset and experience, Venter adds depth and competitiveness to the Sharks' back row.

As a flanker, Venter is known for his physicality, work rate, and ability to disrupt opposition play. He excels at the breakdowns, securing turnovers, and providing strong defensive contributions. With his solid frame and mobility, Venter is also effective in carrying the ball and making hard-hitting tackles.

Henco Venter's journey in professional rugby showcases his dedication and passion for the game. With his continued development and contributions to the Sharks, he has the potential to make a lasting impact in South African rugby.



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