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Dangermen of the Rugby World Cup: Jesse Kriel

Jesse KrielRugby World Cup: In our eighth entry in the Dangermen series, we’ve turned to one of the rising stars in South African rugby, Jesse Kriel. Kriel is a rare treat in the South African game: a centre who doesn’t only favour speed and power, but combines this with vision. He is a new generation of player who likes to run the ball and evade the tackle in a team that, for too long, has relied on taking the ball into contact.

At twenty-one years old, he has already shown he is a man for the big occassion. Last weekend’s test against New Zealand proved this concretely as he scored a superb try against the world’s best side. The tragedy, of course, is that despite two test caps and two good performances to boot, Kriel has yet to taste victory in the green and old.

School rugby

Kriel was a star for the Maritzburg 1st team in Durban and earned a place in the SA Schools side. He was a late inclusion in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship team, and vice-captained the team in the 2014 edition. Kriel proved himself an adept fit at wing, fullback and centre and continues to be a versatile pick in South Africa’s senior side.

To the Rugby World Cup and beyond

There’s no doubt Kriel will be on the plane to England for the World Cup in September, and there’s little doubt he’ll light up the stage too. He is simply a man with the ability to read the game and pick holes in opposition defences. We think Kriel will do South Africa proud.

Could he inspire the team to the biggest prize of all? If he plays to the best of his ability, he’ll certainly have a part to play in a victorious South African campaign. All guns blazing, Kriel is a danger man of note.

author: Zone Fitness