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About

Meet Wessel van Dijk, the dynamic, speedy forward with explosive tackling abilities and extraordinary ball handling skills.

Wessel van Dijk
Wessel van Dijk was born in the Netherlands and at the age of six moved to South Africa with his parents.

His love for sport, especially rugby, showed at a young age, and it wasn't long before his natural talent started shining through on the field.

His career started in primary school and he continued displaying rugby prowess throughout high school, reaching the highest rung in the sport for his age.

But Wessel isn't just a strong individual; he also understands that rugby is a team sport and that individual success in the game is deeply rooted in being a team player.

In my own words

I was born in the Netherlands, but at the age of six moved to South Africa with my parents. Here, rugby is an important part of the country's culture, so I thought I'd try out the game.

I played in a tournament for an under eight team and the coaches of the opposite teams approached my mother to ask if I'd play for their teams.

My love for rugby was kindled around then.

At primary school I became one of two players, the first in our school's history, to reach the Eastern Cape U/13 team.

At age 14 the coaches at my school asked whether I'd be willing to compete in the U/16 provincial trials. Unfortunately, despite my talent, I was deemed too young, and my progress to the top was hampered.

I was invited twice to High Performance trials while at high school.

I have a passion for the sport; I was made for it; I'm a hard runner and my size counts in my favour.

I go into a tackle full force. I'm 100% committed. I'm a good offloader. For that matter, I think I'm a well-rounded player. I know where the ball's going to bounce and where the game's headed.

I also play rugby sevens, a version of the game I started partaking in at age 15. Although I prefer 15s, sevens helps me keep nimble.

I'd love to play rugby in Europe. I have a European passport, which means I can easily play for any team in any of the countries that belong to the EU.

I believe I have what it takes to take your team to the next level.

Player history

Year

Team

Position

2013
U/9 primary school
Lock
2013
U/9 primary school
Lock
2014
U/10 primary school
Lock
2015
U/13 primary school
Lock
2016
U/13 primary school
Lock
2016
U/13 Eastern province
Lock
2017
U/14 high school A team
Lock
2018
U/15 high school A team
Flank (7)
2018
U/16 trails Eastern Province
Flank (7)
2019
U/16 high school A team
Flank (7)
2019
U/18 sevens tournament
Wing
2019
U/16 Eastern Province
Lock (5)
2019
U/18 High Performance Squad Eastern Province
Flank (7)
2020
U/18 1st team
Flank (7) (There were no trials due to COVID lockdown)
2021
U/18 1st team
Flank (7)

Player info

Name

Wessel van Dijk

Nationality

Dutch (The Netherlands)

Date of birth

26 June 2003

length

1.86m (6 ft 1)

Weight

95 kgs (209,4 lbs)

Position/s

Flank (7, 6) lock (5, 4) and wing (14)

Favourite position

Open side flank (7)

Power stats

Bench press

105 kgs  (231.5 lbs)

Squats

150 kgs (330.6 lbs)

Leg press

500 kgs (1102 lbs)

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