Jacques van Rooyen rugby player
Jacques van Rooyen rugby player

Jacques van Rooyen

24th Oct 1986 1.86m/122kg Loosehead Prop

A powerful looshead prop who epitomises the term ‘late bloomer’ as he only signed his first professional contract with the Lions back in 2013 and blossomed into a mainstay amongst the front rowers, featuring in all three Super Rugby finals played by the Lions.

He became a veteran of the Varsity Cup turning out for the Tshwane University of Technology side between 2008 and 2011 and excelled for Pretoria Police Rugby Club and participated in the first-ever Community Cup tournament with the team.

He is one of few players to have played amateur rugby and then make the step up directly into the professional game. His association with the Pretoria Police rugby club led to van Rooyen being affectionately known as the Policeman.

The Pretoria-born prop was able to make the transition to Super Rugby with ease in the 2014 season, debuting in a memorable Round 1 triumph over the Cheetahs. Van Rooyen cemented his starting spot during the 2017 season and represented the Lions in all of their 17 Super Rugby matches as the Johannesburg-based side topped the standings and made their way to the final.

Ahead of the 2018 season, van Rooyen has 49 Super Rugby caps to his name since his debut in 2014. Van Rooyen helped the Lions to their third Super Rugby Final in as many years before announcing that he would be joining Bath ahead of the 2018/19 season.

He joins Bath having made 66 appearances for the Lions and will provide his side extra depth with his ability to play on either side of the scrum. Van Rooyen made 23 appearances for Bath during his single season at the club before he joined Japanese club Docomo Red Hurricanes.

In July 2020, van Rooyen confirmed a return to the Republic by signing for the Lions' rivals the Bulls.

Career

bb Blue Bulls
Loosehead Prop
2020 - present
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Loosehead Prop
2020 - present
Pretoria North logo Hoërskool Pretoria-Noord
Loosehead Prop
Pretoria Police logo Pretoria Police Rugby Club
Loosehead Prop
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Tighthead Prop
2017 - 2017
golden_lions_thumb Lions
Loosehead Prop
2014 - 2018
lions Golden Lions
Tighthead Prop
2013 - 2018
bath Bath Rugby
Loosehead Prop
2018 - 2019
red hurricanes NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes
Tighthead Prop
2020 - 2020