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Conraad Van Vuuren

Conraad Van Vuuren

Prop

1.81 m

114.00 kg

Player Details

: Conraad

: Van Vuuren

: Beertjie

: 10/12/1995

: Krugersdorp

Biography

Conraad (Beertjie) van Vuuren was born on 4th September 1995 in Magaliesburg in Gauteng, but grew up in Mpumalanga province. He represented Mpumalanga's rugby team, the Pumas, at several youth tournaments at the schoolboy level – he played for them at the Under-13 Craven Week tournament in 2008, at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week tournament in 2011 and the premier high school rugby tournament in South Africa, the Under-18 Craven Week in 2013.

After the tournament, Van Vuuren represented the South African Schools side. He made two appearances for them in the 2013 Under-18 International Series, coming on as a replacement in a 19–14 win over England and starting their 17–13 victory over France.

After high school, Van Vuuren moved to Bloemfontein, where he enrolled at the University of the Free State and joined the Toyota Free State Cheetahs Academy. He made a single appearance for the Free State U19 team during the 2014 Under-19 Provincial Championship, coming on as a replacement in their match against Western Province U19.

Despite being limited to five appearances from the bench for UFS Shimlas in their first six matches of the 2015 Varsity Cup, Van Vuuren scored two tries – one on his debut in a 29–all draw against UP Tuks and another in a 24–0 win over UJ a week later. He was promoted to the starting line-up for their final regular season match against NWU Pukke, as UFS finished in second place on the log. He remained in the starting line-up for their 21–10 victory over defending champions UCT Ikey Tigers in the semi-final and for the final, in which the Shimlas beat the NWU Pukke 63–33 to win the competition for the first time.

Van Vuuren was a regular for the Free State U21 team during the 2015 Under-21 Provincial Championship, appearing in thirteen of their fourteen matches, making five starts. He scored a try in their final regular season match, a 74–22 win over Sharks U21, to help his side to second on the log to qualify for the title play-offs. He came on as a replacement in their 27–22 win over the Sharks in the semi-finals and in the final, in which his side lost 17–52 to Western Province U21.

Van Vuuren made three appearances off the bench in UFS Shimlas' 2016 Varsity Cup season, with a nine-point try in their Round Two match against UP Tuks proving decisive in a 47–46 win.

Despite not playing any more rugby in 2016, an injury to first-choice tighthead prop Tom Botha and Currie Cup regulations allowing eight players on the bench for the Currie Cup play-offs, Van Vuuren was named on the Toyota Free State Cheetahs' bench for their 2016 Currie Cup Premier Division semi-final match against the Golden Lions. In the 62nd minute of the game, Van Vuuren came on to make his first-class debut for the team, helping them to a 55–17 victory. He was on the bench for the final. The Toyota Free State Cheetahs beat the Blue Bulls 36–16 to win the Currie Cup for the fifth time in their history and the first time since 2007.

Van Vuuren joined the Bulls in Pretoria at the start of the 2017 season, where he played for the Blue Bulls XV and the Bulls in the Currie Cup and SuperRugby competition until the end of 2019. He played six games for the Japanese Sunwolves in 2020 before returning to Cheetahland. On 27th December 2020, he again entered the fray for the Cheetahs in a Currie Cup match against the Sharks in the Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein.


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