Paul Willemse rugby player
Paul Willemse rugby player

Paul Willemse

13th Nov 1992 2.01m/129kg No 4 Lock

Despite being born in Pretoria, Willemse moved to Tsumeb in Namibia, where he played rugby for Tsumeb Gymnasium and earned a call-up to the Namibian Under-18 Craven Week squad in 2009.

In 2012, Willemse made his first class debut, starting the Golden Lions' 23–16 loss to the Leopards in the 2012 Vodacom Cup competition.

For the start of the 2013 season, Willemse made the short move to join Pretoria-based side Blue Bulls. He made two appearances for university side UP Tuks in the 2013 Varsity Cup competition before the Blue Bulls' 2013 Vodacom Cup matches against Griquas and the Pumas.

In June 2014, it was announced that Willemse would join French Top 14 side Grenoble after the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division competition, and soon after, Willemse joined French Top 14 side Montpellier in June 2015.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Willemse has had 13 European Cups appearances scoring 3 tries and 15 points.

In January 2019, Willemse was included in the French squad for the 2019 Six Nations tournament. Willemse went on to make his test debut against Wales in the opening round of the competition and went on to play every game.

He was included in France's extended squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup withdrew through injury.

He was recalled to the France squad for the 2020 Six Nations and will look to add to his 5 test caps and two starts.


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No 5 Lock
2015 - present
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No 5 Lock
2019 - present
image Bulls
No 4 Lock
2013 - 2014
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No 4 Lock
fc_grenoble Grenoble
No 4 Lock
2014 - 2015
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No 5 Lock
2017 - 2017