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From Craven to Currie, Ebersohn style

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 25 Jul 2008 at 09:29

Rising star Robert Ebersohn will make his starting XV debut for the Cheetahs on Friday, within months of playing at school level. rugby365.com finds out the benefactors to his rapid success.

Rugby 365 reports that the 19-year-old Grey College graduate will play in his third Currie Cup match this season, after respective South African Under-20 and Springbok Sevens achievements. Before running out in the coveted No.12 jersey, Ebersohn reflects on the past year and the stepping stones which boosted his provincial career.

“After Craven Week I was approached by Paul Treu to join the Springbok Sevens squad,” Ebersohn told rugby365.com.

“Sevens rugby really helped my game. Paul [Treu] is an amazing coach who I admire a lot. He literally made that step up for me and helped me realise my potential.

“He told me not to worry about having to go up against older players. They’ve [the older players] also got two arms and two legs and I needn’t worry about my age,” he added.

Ebersohn was also part of the South African (SA) Under-20 side that went down narrowly to England in the semifinals of the Junior World Championship in Wales last month.

“My Sevens performances in Hong Kong and Adelaide also helped me make the Under-20 side.

“I don’t think I would have walked straight into the No.12 jersey there either if it weren’t for my experience on the Sevens circuit.”

The young centre is no stranger to club rugby either, having had a brief sojourn with the Shimlas (Free State University) earlier this year, before being drafted in the Springbok Sevens training squad in Stellenbosch prior to their Australasian tour.

If the sudden international exposure wasn’t enough, young Ebersohn was contacted by the Cheetahs within hours of returning home after the SA Under-20 tournament, requesting his availability for the Currie Cup training squad.

Ebersohn has relished his new-found fame with the senior side, having had a brief taste last year playing for the Cheetahs at Under-19 level, though admits the swift promotion came somewhat unexpected.

“I looked at JW Jonker who also made side at the age of 19 and wondered how he managed,”admitted Ebersohn.

“I’m not saying I don’t believe in myself as a player, but I thought it would be a gradual process for me and I would slowly move through the ranks.

“But things have just happened for me so I’m just riding the wave.”

When asked about the initial emotions felt when first taking the field for such a revered and successful union, Ebersohn had a very positive take on the Free State setup.

“Initially I felt a bit of pressure, but it helps to remember that there’s 21 other great players out there that have got your back.

“As each week goes by I am feeling more and more comfortable at the Cheetahs. We’re a smaller union compared to the likes of the Sharks or Western Province so it’s a bit like a family and you fit in very quickly,” Ebersohn added.


  • So When is he arriving in Dbn?

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.07.08 09:36:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Profile:

    Full Name Robert Thompson
    Surname Ebersohn
    Height 180cm
    Weight 82kg
    Birth Date 23 February 1989
    Birth City Bloemfontein
    Marital Status Single
    Favourite Film The Boondox Saints
    Favourite Music Gospel
    Favourite Food Moms food
    Primary School Grey College Primary
    Secondary School Grey College

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.07.08 09:48:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : The train is never late… he’ll be riding the Indian Ocean waves in a few months… :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.07.08 09:57:41 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • @blackshark (Comment 3) :

    Not TO big either so he will manage well. If AJ could surf with his size then Ebersohn should become quite a trickster on a board.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.07.08 09:59:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • You kid,that dude had a clause in his contract staing that if Mallet leaves he can bugger off whenever he wants.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.07.08 11:21:50 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PJLD (Comment 5) : ?????

    Which Kid?

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.07.08 11:32:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Oh my goodness, its because im sober today.
    Was thinking of Koster(and i did actually read the thread)

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.07.08 11:39:23 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PJLD (Comment 7) :

    Rickie is that you?

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.07.08 11:48:28 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • Ho$

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.07.08 12:01:13 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Too light for professional rugby! :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.07.08 12:18:50 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 10) :

    At 19 he is likely to be to light, but let’s see where he is when he is 22 or so years old. if he is still only 80 odd kg’s then i will agree with you.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.07.08 12:23:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • #11

    Next time I make such a comment please ignore it… I’d like to catch a few bigger fishes… OK??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.07.08 12:25:22 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.07.08 12:28:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • He’s a midget, not a Shark.

    Besides, I think OO would coMMit suicide if he ever came to Durb$. We don’t want that shit on our hands.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.07.08 14:34:27 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • Any youngsters who will be the next best thing at the sharks?wp have koster,cheetahs have ebersohn,bulls have francis

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.07.08 17:52:57 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply

    Currie Cup player
  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 15) :

    We have PLENTY of up and coming youngsters, we just need to contact them when the time is right.

    So in Short: Sharks have a cheque-book :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.07.08 17:55:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • And yet ur cheque book has failed to win u a trophy in ages… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.07.08 18:49:54 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    but we are one of only two unions in the black with the finances :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.07.08 18:53:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

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