Lood de Jager is a formidable lock who represents Sale Sharks and the Springboks. He featured in the final as the Springboks won the 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup.
Born 17 December 1992, Lood de Jager played at youth level for the Leopards. In 2012, he was named in the side’s Currie Cup squad. Sadly though, he failed to make an appearance for the senior side.
However, during the same season, Lood de Jager put in some phenomenal performances for the Leopards in the U21 Provincial Championship. As a result, he earned a move to the Free State Cheetahs. In his first season with the side, he was also included in the Cheetahs squad for that season’s Super Rugby tournament.
Between 2013 and 2016, Lood de Jager made 40 appearances for the Cheetahs in Super Rugby. However, at the conclusion of the 2016 season, he left the side and joined the Bulls. He then stayed with the Bulls until 2019, when he left South Africa and signed for Sale Sharks in the English Premiership.
Although he’s an established player at the domestic level, Lood de Jager is undoubtedly best known for his appearances for the Springboks. He earned his first cap for his country in 2014 and has been capped more than 50 times since then. His crowning moment came in 2019, when he was named in South Africa’s Rugby World Cup squad. He even started in the final and helped the Springboks overpower England.
With his best years still ahead of him, we can’t wait to see what else Lood de Jager can achieve for the Springboks and Sale Sharks.