Thor Halvorsen

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Thor Halvorsen
Full nameThorleif Halvorsen
Date of birth (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb; 238 lb)
School Hoër Landbouskool Boland, Paarl
University University of South Africa
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker / No 8 / Lock
Current team Rovigo Delta
Youth Career
2006–2009 Boland Cavaliers
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2007 ASRV Ascrum ()
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2010–2013 Boland Cavaliers 39 (15)
2013–2016 Mogliano 56 (45)
2016–2017 SWD Eagles 16 (15)
2018 Boland Cavaliers 1 (0)
2018−present Rovigo Delta 3 (5)
Correct as of 23 October 2018

Thorleif Halvorsen (born 9 May 1988 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for Rovigo Delta in the Top12 in Italy. [1] He usually plays as a loose forward.

Cape Town Capital city of the Western Cape province and legislative capital of South Africa

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It is the legislative capital of South Africa and primate city of the Western Cape province. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European (White), Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world 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.

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Rugby career

Boland Cavaliers

Halvorsen played for the Wellington-based Boland Cavaliers at youth level, representing them in the Under-19 Provincial Championships in 2006 and 2007 and in the Under-21 Provincial Championships in 2008 and 2009.

Wellington, Western Cape Place in Western Cape, South Africa

Wellington is a town in the Western Cape Winelands, a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, in South Africa with a population of approximately 62,000. Wellington's economy is centered on agriculture such as wine, table grapes, deciduous fruit and a brandy industry. The town is located 75 km north-east of Cape Town, reached by the N1 motorway and R44. Due to the growth of the Mbekweni township south of the town, it now forms a de facto urban unit with Paarl, just 10 km to the south. Wellington now officially falls under the Drakenstein Local Municipality, which also covers Saron and Paarl.

Boland Cavaliers rugby union team

The Boland Cavaliers, are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament. They draw players from the Cape Winelands and West Coast districts of Western Cape Province, and play out of Wellington at Boland Stadium.

In 2010, he was included in their senior squad for the first time for their 2010 Currie Cup First Division campaign. [2] He made his first class debut on 6 August 2010 in their Round Four match against the SWD Eagles, starting in a 36–45 defeat in George. [3] He made a further two starts and three appearances as a replacement during the remainder of the campaign, helping Boland to finish in third position on the log to qualify for the title play-offs. [4] He was named on the bench for their semi-final match against the Eastern Province Kings, but wasn't used in a 25–26 defeat in Port Elizabeth. [5]

The 2010 Currie Cup First Division was contested from 16 July through to 15 October 2010. The tournament is the second tier of South Africa's premier domestic rugby union competition, featuring teams representing either entire provinces or substantial regions within provinces.

SWD Eagles sports team

The South Western Districts Eagles are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup tournament. They represent the Southern Cape and play out of Outeniqua Park in George.

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, commercial hub and the capital city of the Garden Route.

He made five appearances in the 2011 Vodacom Cup competition for a Boland side that finished sixth in the Southern Section of the competition [6] before returning for his second Currie Cup campaign. He made three starts and four appearances as a replacement for them during the regular season, helping them to nine victories out of ten to finish top of the log. [7] He came on as a replacement just before the hour mark in their semi-final match against the Griffons and scored his first try in first class rugby a few minutes after coming on, as his side eased to a 50–20 victory. [8] He also played off the bench in the final, where his team secured a 43–12 win over the Eastern Province Kings to win the title. [9]

The 2011 Vodacom Cup was contested from 25 February to 13 May 2011. The tournament was the 14th edition of the Vodacom Cup, an annual domestic South African rugby union competition, and was played between the fourteen provincial teams in South Africa, as well as Namibian side Welwitschias and Argentine side Pampas XV.

The 2011 Currie Cup First Division was contested from 15 July to 14 October 2011. The tournament was the second tier of the 73rd season of the Currie Cup, an annual rugby union competition featuring the fourteen South African provincial unions.

Griffons (rugby team)

The Northern Free State Griffons are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup and Rugby Challenge tournaments. They play out of Welkom at North West Stadium, and draw players from roughly the eastern third of Free State Province.

He made a single appearance in the 2012 Vodacom Cup – starting in a 22–51 defeat to Western Cape rivals Western Province [10] – but made eight appearances as the team attempted to defend their Currie Cup title. After four appearances as a replacement in rounds two to five, he made four consecutive starts later in the season. It was a disappointing season for the defending champions, winning just three of their fourteen matches and finishing the season in sixth position. [11]

The 2012 Vodacom Cup was played between 10 March and 18 May 2012 and was the 15th edition of this annual domestic cup competition. The Vodacom Cup is played between rugby union teams in South Africa from the Currie Cup Premier and First Divisions, as well as an invitational team, the Pampas XV from Argentina.

Western Cape Province of South Africa on the south-western coast

The Western Cape is a province of South Africa, situated on the south-western coast of the country. It is the fourth largest of the nine provinces with an area of 129,449 square kilometres (49,981 sq mi), and the third most populous, with an estimated 6.6 million inhabitants in 2018. About two-thirds of these inhabitants live in the metropolitan area of Cape Town, which is also the provincial capital. The Western Cape was created in 1994 from part of the former Cape Province.

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.

Halvorsen started the 2013 Vodacom Cup season in good form, scoring two first-half tries in a 27–23 victory over a Free State XV in his first appearance of the season. [12] He made a further three appearances, but the team's failed to pick up another victory and eventually finished bottom of the Southern Section log. [13] He made a further six appearances in the 2013 Currie Cup First Division, his last matches in a Boland Cavaliers shirt.

The 2013 Vodacom Cup was played between 9 March and 18 May 2013 and was the 16th edition of this annual domestic cup competition. The Vodacom Cup is played between provincial rugby union teams in South Africa from the Currie Cup Premier and First Divisions, as well as Limpopo Blue Bulls and an invitational team, the Pampas XV from Argentina.

The 2013 Currie Cup First Division was contested from 29 June to 11 October 2013. The tournament is the second tier of South Africa's premier domestic rugby union competition, featuring teams representing either entire provinces or substantial regions within provinces.

Mogliano

Halvorsen moved to Italy to join National Championship of Excellence side Mogliano prior to the 2013–14 season. [14] He immediately established himself as the first-choice number eight at Mogliano, starting 18 of their 22 matches during the season [15] and scoring two tries. Mogliano finished in third position on the log and Halvorsen featured in their 19-22 and 30–31 defeats against Rovigo in the two-legged semi-final. [16] In addition to the National Championship of Excellence, Halvorsen also made five appearances in the 2013–14 European Challenge Cup. [17] His side had a poor season in Pool 2 of the competition, however, losing all six of their matches.

In the 2014–2015 season, Halvorsen made 16 appearances – including 14 starts [18] – for Mogliano as the team once again finished in third position on the log. After scoring four tries during the regular season against Rovigo, San Donà, Lazio and Calvisano, [19] he scored his fifth try of the season in the first leg of their semi-final play-off series against Calvisano. However, it wasn't enough as his side lost the match 15–30, [20] and a 24–23 second leg victory wasn't enough to overturn the deficit, which meant Mogliano got eliminated at the semi-final stage for the second season in a row.

As in 2014–15, Halvorsen made 14 starts and two appearances off the bench in the 2015–2016 season. He contributed two tries over the course of the season, helping Mogliano reach the semi-finals for the third season in succession since he joined the club. However, his team was also eliminated at this stage for the third season in a row, losing 10–13 and 17–34 to Rovigo in the two legs of their semi-final play-off matches. [21]

SWD Eagles

In June 2016, Halvorsen returned to South Africa, joining the George, Western Cape-based SWD Eagles during the 2016 Currie Cup qualification series. He made his Eagles debut in their Round Ten match against the Border Bulldogs, helping them to a 39–22 victory. [22] A week later, he started their match against Namibian side the Welwitschias in Windhoek, scoring his first try in an Eagles shirt in the third minute of the match, the first of fourteen tries that the away side scored in a 96–5 victory. [23]

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