Jacques Du Plessis, born on 12 August 1993 in Pongola, Natal, is a towering South African rugby player known for his versatility in the lock and loose forward positions. Standing at over 2 meters tall and weighing 119kg, Du Plessis possesses the physicality and skill set to make a significant impact on the field.
Du Plessis first caught the attention of rugby enthusiasts when he made his presence felt at the U18 Provincial week in Kimberley in 2011. His outstanding performances led to his selection for the South African Schools team in the same year, showcasing his potential and talent at a young age.
In 2012, Du Plessis was contracted by the Bulls, one of South Africa's premier rugby franchises. He continued to impress and develop, and in 2013, he demonstrated his immense potential by shining for the Baby Boks in the IRB Junior World Championship. He also made his competitive debut in the Currie Cup, showcasing his skills and announcing himself on the professional stage.
The following year, in 2014, Du Plessis made his senior debut for the Blue Bulls, starting in the dominating 110-0 victory over the Limpopo Blue Bulls. His performances on the field led to the Blue Bulls extending his contract until 31 October 2015, recognizing his value and potential as a player.
In preparation for the 2015 Super Rugby season, the Bulls announced that Du Plessis would depart after the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division to join the French Top 14 side, Montpellier. He embarked on a two-year contract with the French club, seeking new challenges and opportunities to further develop his rugby career.
During his time at Montpellier, Du Plessis made a significant impact, representing the club 101 times and scoring 11 tries. He also played a crucial role in Montpellier's success, helping the team secure a Challenge Cup title.
In April 2021, Montpellier released Jacques Du Plessis from his contract, enabling him to return to South Africa and join the Bulls on a three-year deal. His return to his homeland marked a new chapter in his rugby journey, where he aimed to contribute to the success of the Bulls and make his mark on the local rugby scene once again.
Jacques Du Plessis brings a formidable presence to the field with his imposing height, physicality, and skill set. His ability to play in both the lock and loose forward positions adds versatility to his game, making him a valuable asset for any team he represents.
As Du Plessis continues to showcase his talent and contribute to the Bulls, his experiences abroad and his development as a player have undoubtedly shaped him into a well-rounded and formidable force in the world of rugby. With his towering stature and proven abilities, Jacques Du Plessis remains a player to watch and a key figure in South African rugby.
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No 4 Lock
|South Africa U20's
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|2015 - 2015|
No 4 Lock
|2015 - 2021|