Tristan Blewett

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Tristan Blewett
Full nameTristan James Blewett
Date of birth (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 25)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb; 205 lb)
School Hilton College, KwaZulu-Natal
University University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Surrey
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre / Winger / Fullback
Current team none
Youth career
2012–2017 Sharks
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2016 UKZN Impi 8 (35)
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2016–2018 Sharks XV 13 (30)
2017 Sharks (Currie Cup) 6 (0)
2018 Eastern Province Kings 1 (5)
2018 Southern Kings 2 (0)
2018–2020 New Orleans Gold 0 (0)
Correct as of 27 October 2018

Tristan James Blewett (born 26 August 1996) was a South African professional rugby union player for the New Orleans Gold in Major League Rugby in the United States. [1] His regular position is centre, but he can also play as a winger or fullback.

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Early life and schoolboy rugby

Blewett was born in Johannesburg, but grew up in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Hilton College, where he was included in various KwaZulu-Natal provincial teams. In 2012, he represented them at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in Johannesburg, [2] starting all three matches in the inside centre position. [3] He also started all three matches for a KwaZulu-Natal team that hosted the 2013 Under-18 Academy Week at Glenwood High School in Durban, [4] and at the Under-18 Craven Week – South Africa's premier rugby union tournament at high school level – held in Middelburg in 2014. [5]

2015–2018: Sharks

After school, Blewett joined the academy of KwaZulu-Natal's professional rugby team, the Sharks. He was included in the Sharks U19 squad that participated in the 2015 Under-19 Provincial Championship, [6] and started each of their twelve matches in the competition. He scored tries in matches against Free State U19, [7] Eastern Province U19 [8] and Golden Lions U19 – in both their home [9] and away [10] clashes – before ending the season with two tries in their final match against Free State U19. [11] Despite Blewett's six tries (and a single conversion for a season tally of 32 points), [12] the Sharks endured a poor season, winning just one match and finishing bottom of the log. [13]

Blewett started the 2016 by participating in the 2016 Varsity Shield for UKZN Impi. He featured in all eight of their matches, scoring seven tries; he scored one try in their opening round victory over Wits [14] and one a fortnight later against UFH Blues [15] before getting two tries in a 63–30 win over TUT Vikings in his fourth appearance. [16] One try followed in a 16–44 defeat to UWC [17] before another two-try haul in their 97–0 win over the UFH Blues. [18] Blewett's total of seven tries was the second-most by any player in the competition, behind team-mate Thobekani Buthelezi, [19] and helped UKZN Impi to second spot on the log. [20] However, the Varsity Cup Executive Committee ruled that UKZN Impi fielded an ineligible player throughout the season and imposed a twelve points deduction, which cost UKZN Impi a place in the Varsity Shield final and a Varsity Cup promotion play-off against UCT Ikey Tigers. [21]

After the Varsity Shield, Blewett linked up with the Sharks XV squad that participated in the 2016 Currie Cup qualification series. [22] He made his first class debut on 23 April 2016, coming on as a replacement in their 48–18 victory over Namibian side the Welwitschias, [23] and made a second appearance four weeks later in a 16–53 defeat to a Golden Lions XV. [24] He spent the rest of the season playing in the 2016 Under-21 Provincial Championship for the Sharks U21 team, where he scored six tries in six appearances to end as the joint-top try scorer in the competition. [25] He scored single tries in matches against Eastern Province U21 [26] and Leopards U21 [27] before scoring two tries against Blue Bulls U21 [28] and Free State U21. [29] The team finished in sixth spot to miss out on the title play-offs. [30]

At the end of October 2016, Blewett was included in the Sharks Super Rugby squad for the 2017 season. [31]

2018: Southern Kings

In September 2018, Blewett moved to Port Elizabeth to join the Southern Kings for a short stint during the 2018–19 Pro14 season, [32] where he made two appearances, plus one appearance for the Eastern Province Elephants in the Currie Cup.

2018–2020: New Orleans Gold

Blewett moved to the United States to join Major League Rugby side New Orleans Gold on a two-year deal. [33] Blewett returned to South Africa in 2020.

2021: Worthing Raiders

As of 2021, Blewett was playing for National League 2 South side Worthing Rugby Football Club [34]

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