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Exiled Bok No.8 prospect ploughs through 125kg prop

By Ian Cameron
Juarno ‘Trokkie’ Augustus on the rampage against Bath.

Northampton Saints No.8 Juarno Augustus left rugby fans in awe after running through the 125kg Bath prop Darcy Rae in his side’s Gallagher Premiership win over Bath last weekend.


Despite Rae’s size advantage, Juarno ‘Trokkie’ Augustus, who stands at 6’2″ and weighs 118kg, showed his incredible physicality as he bulldozed his way through the front rower with apparent ease.

Later in the game, the South African would smash through Bath’s defence to score a try for the Saints, taking defenders with him as he went.

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Augustus is a highly talented No.8 player who Northampton described as “perfectly built for the Gallagher Premiership” when he signed in 2021. His dynamic and aggressive ball-carrying ability makes him a force to be reckoned with on the field. Throughout his career, he has shown a remarkable knack for scoring tries even in the toughest of situations. His nickname “trokkie” or “truck” speaks volumes about his playing style, which is characterized by his powerful running and his ability to truck through defenders.

Although he’s yet to feature at Test level for his native South Africa, Augustus has already made a name for himself in the rugby world.

He was named Player of the Tournament at the 2017 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Georgia after an outstanding performance for South Africa. He played a full 80 minutes in all five of the Junior Boks’ matches and scored seven tries, the most by any player in the tournament.

Augustus’ performance against Bath is just the latest in a series of impressive displays on the field for Phil Dowson’s Saints.


His physicality, combined with his impressive skill set, makes him a valuable asset to any team he plays for. As he continues to develop his game, it’s clear that the Jacques Nienaber and the Springboks coaching ticket will find him more and more difficult to ignore.


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