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Dan, Danno
Full nameDaniel Viljoen Jooste
Date of birth (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 21)
Place of birthBedfordview, South Africa
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb; 231 lb)
SchoolHoër Jongenskool Paarl ( Boishaai) (Paarl, Western Cape)
UniversityUniversity of Stellenbosch
Occupation(s)Student
Rugby union career
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Daniel Jooste (Dan)(Danno) (born 21 February 1998 in Bedfordview, Johannesburg) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with Western Province, Stellenbosch University and the Junior Springboks. His regular position is hooker. He made his international debut for South African School's against Wales on 12 August 2016.

Career Stats ( Senior School to present)[edit | edit source]

  1. | 2015 HJSP Seccies (22 matches Unbeaten)
  2. | 2015 HJSP 1stXV (sub) (15 matches Unbeaten)
  3. | 2016 HJSP 1stXV (23 matches Unbeaten)
  4. | 2016 Western Province u/18 Craven Week (3 matches Unbeaten)
  5. | 2016 SA Schools (3 matches Unbeaten)
  6. | 2017 SA U/20 (5 matches Unbeaten)
  7. | 2017 Western Province u/18 (5 matches 1 Loss)
  8. | 2018 Stellenbosch Young Guns (5 matches Unbeaten)
  9. | 2018 SA U/20 Tour Wales, Scotland and England (3 matches Unbeaten)

Youth[edit | edit source]

Dan Jooste played for Pirates Rugby Club Juniors from 2004 - 2008 as well as for his primary schools' teams. As his summer sport he took up flatwater kyaking for Dabulamanzi Club under legendary coach Bill van der Walt. He won the SA School's Gold Victor Ludorum for u/10 in 2008 and the Silver Victor Ludorum for u/12 in 2009.

In 2009 his family moved to the South Western Cape where in 2010, while at Milkwood Primary School in Mosselbay, he was selected at hooker for the South Western Districts' (SWD) u/12 side. Due to a broken finger he was unable to play in the triangular series between SWD, Western Province and Boland.

The following year he was again selected at hooker to play for the SWD Craven Week u/13 side.

In 2014 he represented his then high school Oakdale Landbou at no 4 lock in the SWD u/16 Grant Khomo trials but was not selected for the provincial side. In the same year he transferred to Hoër Jongenskool Paarl (also known as Boishaai , Paarl Boys', BHSP or HJS) where, unable to be accommodated in the boarding houses, he lived by himself in a flatlet 500 meters from the school and did so till he matriculated.

In 2015 he played in his accustomed position, hooker, for the school 2nd team ( Seccies) coached by David Sadie in an unbeaten season as well as benching in all matches for the 1st XV, which was also unbeaten. Boishaai topped the school logs to be named number 1 in South Africa for the first time in its in its 150-year history. That year HJS won the 99th Paarl Interschools derby against Paarl Gymnasium by a 3-point margin in front of a 20 000 crowd with Dan subbed in with 20 minutes to go.

In 2016 he represented Boishaai 1st XV which was coached by Sean Erasmus, playing in all of their matches for another undefeated season and another number one spot on the school rankings.[1] In the 100th Interschools derby against Paarl Gym he scored two mauling tries and was awarded man of the match honours.

Provincial,Varsity and International[edit | edit source]

He represented HJSP at the Western Province u/18 trials at hooker and was selected to play in that position for WP at the Craven Week 2016 tournament held in KwaZulu Natal.

Later that season he received national colours at number 2 for the SA Schools u/18 side with PJ Botha at number 16. The SA School's side went on to win all their matches in a four way tournament against representative u/18 sides from Wales, France and England.[2]

He was contracted to Western Province for two years and entered the Western Province Rugby Institute at Stellenbosch in 2017.[3]

In February 2017 he was called up to the U20 Springboks' (Bokkies) training camp under Chean Roux. After 2 Bokkies' matches against Vodacom Cup sides, Griffons and Cheetahs, he went on to make the squad that played in the IRB Junior World Cup in Tbilisi Georgia in June that year.During that campaign he played off the bench against Georgia, Argentina and France.[4] Dan saw out a tight losing semi-final against England from the bench. He played in the 3rd/4th place playoff against France with his side finishing Bronze medallists for the tournament.[5]

During the 2017 W.P. u/19 Currie Cup campaign he played off the bench for most of the season only getting two starts . In the semi-final against the Cheetahs he was subbed in to replace Schalk Erasmus with 8 minutes to go in a losing match. This was the first losing side he had played in since 2015 during which period he amassed a total of 80 + uninterrupted victories at school, provincial and international levels.

In January 2018 Dan joined the Stellenbosch University FNB Young Guns. In April he played in the final of the tournament against FNB Tuks. In this match, where he was named "Player that Rocks", he scored four tries (3 from mauls and 1 individual effort)to take his side to its 42 to 37 victory. This was the first time Stellenbosch University Young Guns had won the trophy.[6]

While at the Young Guns Dan got a call up to the Junior Springboks' 2nd training camp and was ultimately selected to join the Junior Boks' tour to the United Kingdom to play 3 internationals, one each against Scotland Wales and England in May 2018.[7]

UK Tour 2018[edit | edit source]

The 3 match tour was concluded with a 41 to 3 win over Scotland, 41 to 5 against Wales and 26 to 12 win over England.[8] Dan played in all the matches scoring against Scotland ( 2 tries) and Wales ( 1 try)[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://ruggas.co.za/2016-ruggas-rugby-team-of-the-year-boishaai/
  2. "WP Rugby DHL WP dominate SA Schools team - WP Rugby". wprugby.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  3. "WP Rugby Moerat and Willemse headline 2017 WPRI intake - WP Rugby". wprugby.com.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_national_under-20_rugby_union_team
  5. "SA Rugby - Official Home of the Springboks". www.sarugby.co.za.
  6. "Jooste stars as FNB Maties make Young Guns history". 9 April 2018.
  7. http://www.sarugby.co.za/article.aspx?category=sarugby/u20&id=4289354. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/junior-boks-see-off-england/
  9. http://www.sarugby.co.za/article.aspx?category=sarugby/u20&id=4300954


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