Thomas du Toit

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Thomas du Toit
Full nameThomas Joubert du Toit
Date of birth (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight136 kg (21 st 6 lb; 300 lb)
School Paarl Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Sharks
Youth Career
2008 Boland Cavaliers
2011–2013 Western Province
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2014–2016 Sharks XV 10 (10)
2014–present Sharks (Currie Cup) 43 (20)
2014–present Sharks 67 (35)
2016–2017Munster 6 (0)
Correct as of 3 September 2019
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2013 South Africa Schools 2 (0)
2014–2015 South Africa Under-20 9 (10)
2014–2015 Barbarians 4 (5)
2016–2017 South Africa 'A' 4 (0)
2018–present South Africa 12 (0)
Correct as of 21 October 2019

Thomas Joubert du Toit (born 5 May 1995 in Cape Town) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and the Sharks in Super Rugby. [1] His regular position is prop.

Cape Town Legislative capital of South Africa

Cape Town is a legislative capital of South Africa. Colloquially named the Mother City, it is the primate city of the Western Cape province. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

South Africa national rugby union team National sports team

The South Africa national rugby union team, commonly known as the Springboks or colloquially the Boks, is governed by the South African Rugby Union. The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts, and their emblems are the Springbok and the King Protea. The team has been representing South Africa in international rugby union since 30 July 1891, when they played their first test match against a British Isles touring team.

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Career

Youth

Du Toit represented Boland at the Under-13 Craven Week competition in 2008 and Western Province at the 2011 Under-16 Grant Khomo Week and 2013 Under-18 Craven Week competitions. He played for the Paarl Boys' High School first team in 2012 and 2013, [2] also captaining the side in 2013. [3]

Western Province (rugby team) rugby union team in South Africa

Western Province is a South African rugby union team based in Newlands, Cape Town, that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournaments. Founded in 1883, the team has won multiple titles, a record of 34 Currie Cup titles including the inaugural competition, the Vodacom Cup, the Absa Nite Series, and the Lion Cup. The club has the most supporters of any Currie Cup team.

Craven Week

The Craven Week is an annual rugby union tournament organised for schoolboys in the Republic of South Africa. The tournament started in July 1964, and is named after the legendary Springbok rugby union player and coach Dr Danie Craven.

Paarl Boys High School Boys state school

Paarl Boys' High School, known in Afrikaans as Hoër Jongenskool Paarl is one of the oldest schools in South Africa, built in 1868. The school is situated in Paarl, a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The first headmaster of the school was Rev. George Jeffreys, followed by James Rettie, Mr J Inglis and Mr TW Engela followed by Mr L Knoetze. As of 2007 the headmaster of the school is Mr Derek Swart.

In 2013, Du Toit was included in the South African Schools side that played in three matches in August of that year. [4] He made a substitute appearance in a 19–14 victory match over England in Crawford, [5] played the entire second match – a 17–13 victory against France in George [6] and was an unused substitute in their final match, a 14–13 win over Wales in Worcester. [7]

Crawford, Cape Town Place in Western Cape, South Africa

Crawford is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, located to the east of the City Centre (CBD) on the Cape Flats to the south of the N2 highway. The suburb is surrounded by the suburbs of Lansdowne, Rondebosch East, Athlone, Belthorn Estate, Rylands, and Belgravia. The main roads through the area are Jan Smuts Drive (M17) and Turf Hall Road (M24) linking to the M5. Thornton Road was for many years the main thoroughfare for this suburb and a hotbed for anti-apartheid activity in 1976 and 1985. Thornton Road is the location of the Trojan Horse Memorial in honour of those killed in 1985.During the apartheid era the upper section of Crawford was classified as a whites only area, Crawford is served by a railway station of the same name on the Cape Flats Line.

The France national under-18 rugby union team is the under-18 side of the France national rugby union team in the sport of rugby union.

George, Western Cape Place in Western Cape, South Africa

George is the second largest city in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The city is a popular holiday and conference centre and the administrative and commercial hub and the capital city of the Garden Route.

Du Toit then opted to move to Durban to join the Sharks academy for 2014. [8]

Durban city in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Durban is the third most populous city in South Africa—after Johannesburg and Cape Town—and the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Located on the east coast of South Africa, Durban is the busiest port in the country. It is also one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. Durban forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which includes neighboring towns and has a population of about 3.44 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg.

Sharks (Currie Cup) rugby union team

The Sharks are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament. The Sharks' home stadium is Kings Park Stadium. They draw most of their players from the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The Sharks are the current representative team of the Natal Rugby Union, founded in 1890. The team is the fourth most successful provincial union in the country, having won the Currie Cup title eight times.

He was included in the South Africa Under-20 side for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship. [9] [ more detail ]

The South Africa national under-20 rugby union team are South Africa's junior team at national level. They have been competing in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship since its inception in 2008. This Under-20 tournament replaced the previously-held Under-19 and Under-21 Rugby World Championships. Prior to 2018, it had been the country's "next senior" (second-level) 15-man national side, but World Rugby no longer allows member unions to designate age-grade sides as "next senior' teams.

2014 IRB Junior World Championship

The 2014 IRB Junior World Championship was the seventh annual international rugby union competition for Under 20 national teams. The event was organised in Auckland, New Zealand by rugby's governing body, World Rugby, then known as the International Rugby Board. A total of 12 nations took part in the tournament. England went into the tournament as defending champions, after winning the tournament for the first time in 2013. England went on to win the Championship for a second time in two years. While hosts New Zealand, the most successful team in the tournament, were looking to win the title for the first time since 2011.

In 2015, he was included in the South Africa Under-20 squad that toured Argentina. [10] He started both of their tour matches [11] [12] and was then included in the final squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship. [13] He started all three of their matches in Pool B of the competition; a 33–5 win against hosts Italy, [14] a 40–8 win against Samoa which saw Du Toit score South Africa's first try of the match in the seventh minute [15] and a 46–13 win over Australia [16] to help South Africa finish top of Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals with the best record pool stage of all the teams in the competition. Du Toit started their semi-final match against England, but could not prevent them losing 20–28 to be eliminated from the competition by England for the second year in succession. [17] He started their third-place play-off match against France, scoring his second try of the tournament to help South Africa to a 31–18 win to secure third place in the competition. [18]

Argentina Federal republic in South America

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, the second largest in South America after Brazil, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. The sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship

The 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship was the eighth annual international rugby union competition for Under 20 national teams. The event was organised for the second time in Italy by rugby's governing body, World Rugby. Twelve nations played in the tournament, with matches hosted by Parma, Viadana, Calvisano and Cremona, host city of the final match. England went into the tournament as the two-time defending champions after they successfully defended their title in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship. This was the first U20 Championship held after the sport's governing body changed its name from the International Rugby Board to the current World Rugby.

Italy's national under-20 rugby union team has competed in both the IRB Junior World Championship and IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy. They were one of four teams relegated in 2009 to the Junior World Trophy after finishing at the bottom of the tournament. They were again promoted to the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship after winning the 2010 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Senior club career

With no prior first class rugby behind his name, Du Toit was a surprise inclusion in the Sharks squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season. [19] Still finding himself behind the likes of Tendai Mtawarira in the pecking order, however, he dropped down to the Sharks XV squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup season. [20] He made his senior debut on 7 March 2014, against the Border Bulldogs in East London. [21] He came on as a half-time substitute and scored his first senior try just 15 minutes after coming on. His first start came three weeks later against the Free State XV in Bloemfontein. [22]

On 4 October 2016, it was announced that Du Toit would be joining Irish Pro14 side Munster on a three-month contract, following the completion of his Currie Cup commitments. [23] On 26 November 2016, Du Toit made his competitive debut for Munster when he came on as a replacement in the sides 46–3 win against Benetton in a 2016–17 Pro12 fixture at Thomond Park. [24]

South Africa 'A'

In 2016, Du Toit was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team. [25] He was named in the starting line-up for their first match in Bloemfontein, [26] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners. [27] He also started the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George. [28]

Senior South Africa

Du Toit was not initially named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. [29] However he was called up to replace the injured Trevor Nyakane in the pool stage. [30] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final. [31]

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