Tighthead prop Ruan Dreyer, known as a somewhat 'silent assassin' in the 2015 Lions' group, has a great deal of experience for his relatively young age.
He joined the Lions at just 19 years and made his Super Rugby debut in 2012, scoring a late try in a closely-fought battle against the Sharks in Durban.
He also represented South Africa at U20 level and participated in the 2010 Junior World Championship, picking up a bronze medal after beating England 27-22 in the third-place playoff.
A string of solid performances in 2014 saw him called to tour Europe with the Springboks and while he didn't receive a cap, Dreyer spent several weeks learning from some of the best rugby minds in the world.
In May 2017, Dreyer was named as one of the eight uncapped players in the Springbok squad to face France in June.
In May 2018, Dreyer agreed to join Gloucester Rugby in the Premiership for the 2018/19 season, where he will link up again with Johan Ackermann after reaching back-to-back Super Rugby finals under his tutelage with the Lions.
As befits the modern prop, he is as comfortable with ball in hand as he is at the set-piece and will play a key role in Gloucester’s according to director of rugby David Humphreys.
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