His name is Jean Roy Deysel and he was born in Virgina on 5 May 1985.
Deysel has made his way into top-flight rugby the hard way. He didn’t come up through the established route, attending the unfashionable Hentie Cilliers High School in Virgina and representing the Griffons at Craven Week in 2002. He worked his way into the Lions junior structures after school, but once again they failed to see the talent that was under their noses and Deysel was snapped up by the Sharks, joining our ranks in 2007.
He announced his arrival on the scene in a big way, scoring a hat trick of tries in a friendly against Eastern Province in the run-up to last year’s Currie Cup. He played a bit-part in last year’s Currie Cup campaign, yet has done incredibly well when called on in this year’s Super 14. At 1.90 metres tall and weighing 112kg, Deysel is a big unit. He complements his bulk with a decent step and a fair turn of pace; even more importantly, he is strong on his feet and has the ability to break tackles. Pretty much an ideal modern blindside flank.
Deysel announced his arrival on the stage against the Crusaders. He slipped onto the field virtually unnoticed, before bumping off first Ali Williams, then Riche McCaw within in the space of a few seconds. The clip can be seen here. The re-introduction of AJ Venter at flank has limited his gametime somewhat, but he showed again on Saturday just what a dangerous prospect he can be, setting up one of Ryan Kankowksi’s tries with a wonderful catch and break, as seen here.
We have been waiting for a true contender to emerge from under AJ’s big shadow; a flanker who is big, fast and strong to complement the pace and guile of Botes and the sheer size and skill of Ryan Kankowski. I say that we have found that man in Deysel and he should be given every opportunity to make the number 7 jersey his own in this year’s Currie Cup.Tweet