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Gerrit-Jan Van Velze

Gerrit-Jan Van Velze

Vital Statistics

DOB:
21-02-1988
Birthplace:
Secunda (South Africa)
Position:
Back Row
Height:
193
cm
Weight:
95
kg

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Player Biog

GJ came to the Gardens with a reputation as one of the brightest back row prospects in South Africa and quickly backed that billing up by becoming an Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup regular.

A Number 8 who stands at 1.92m and weighs 107kgs, he joined from the Blue Bulls, where he came through the club's much lauded Academy system.

The 25-year-old, who twice captained the province’s junior team to the Vodacom Cup, also captained South Africa Schools and was a nominee for the IRB Under-19 Player of the Year in 2007 before working his way through the ranks at Loftus Versfeld to become a key member of the Bulls’ Currie Cup squad and make his Super Rugby debut in 2010.

GJ's Saints debut in the opening day win at Gloucester was the first of 20 starts in 2012/13 and the dependable number 8's four tries have all come in Saints victories including at Ulster and, most crucially, as they ended Saracens' unbeaten run at Allianz Park in the Aviva Premiership semi-final.

DateOppositionTriesConvDGPenPts
21/09/2013Gloucester Rugby00000
20/10/2013Ospreys00000
26/10/2013Saracens00000
03/11/2013London Irish00000
09/11/2013Gloucester Rugby00000
17/11/2013London Irish00000
23/11/2013Newcastle Falcons00000
25/01/2014Newport Gwent Dragons10005
01/02/2014Saracens00000
08/02/2014Exeter Chiefs00000
15/02/2014Worcester Warriors200010
23/02/2014Newcastle Falcons00000
01/03/2014Gloucester Rugby00000
16/03/2014Exeter Chiefs00000
22/03/2014Sale Sharks00000
29/03/2014Leicester Tigers00000
03/04/2014Sale Sharks00000
DateOppositionTriesConvDGPenPts
01/09/2012Gloucester Rugby00000
09/09/2012Exeter Chiefs00000
19/10/2012Castres Olympique00000
27/10/2012Saracens00000
03/11/2012Leicester Tigers00000
10/11/2012Harlequins00000
18/11/2012Newport Gwent Dragons00000
24/11/2012London Welsh00000
30/11/2012Sale Sharks00000
07/12/2012Ulster00000
15/12/2012Ulster10005
22/12/2012Harlequins00000
30/12/2012Saracens00000
05/01/2013Exeter Chiefs10005
11/01/2013Castres Olympique00000
02/02/2013Exeter Chiefs00000
09/02/2013Gloucester Rugby00000
16/02/2013Worcester Warriors00000
23/02/2013Bath Rugby00000
02/03/2013London Irish10005
23/03/2013London Wasps00000
30/03/2013Leicester Tigers00000
14/04/2013London Welsh00000
20/04/2013Sale Sharks00000
04/05/2013Harlequins00000
12/05/2013Saracens10005
25/05/2013Leicester Tigers00000
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