One of our favourite Sharks is 28 years young today.
Adrian Abraham Jacobs was born in Kraaifontein in the Cape on 14 August 1980. A product of Scottsville High School, he represented South Africa at under 19 level two years running (1998-99) while playing junior rugby with the East Rand-based Falcons. Adi made his senior provincial debut for the Falcons in the Currie Cup in 2000 at the age of 19. He also represented his country at both u21 and u23 level that year.
Jacobs played for the Bulls in the Super 12 in 2001 and also capped a meteoric rise by being selected to the Springbok team to face Italy that year. Jacobs and the late Ettiene Botha formed a formidable partnership for the Falcons and it is a great shame that the pair never went on to higher honours together. Botha tragically passed away 4 years ago in a motor accident, after establishing himself as one of Loftus’ favourite sons.
2002 saw Jacobs endure a frustrating campaign in the Super 12, as Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer inexplicably left him out in teh cold, despite Adi’s great form when he did manage to get onto the park. He played a bit-part on the international stage that year, before his personal “wilderness years” began. After an unhappy stint with the Cats team in 2003, Adi finally moved to Durban in 2004. Over the course of four seasons, he has established himself as a core member of the Sharks team and has won many a game through adding incisiveness and direction to the Durban side’s attack in the second half.
Equally at home at flyhalf, in the centres or even on the wing, Adi Jacobs was finally returned to the Bok fold by his mentor, coach Peter de Villiers, this year and capped off a remarkable comeback to international rugby with a man-of-the-match performance against Argentina last week. He now boasts 15 caps and is in te form of his life; the man in possession of the Bok number 13 jersey, clearly a lucky one for him.
Adi Jacobs – we salute you sir. Many happy returns and long may you grace our favourite teams with your pace, vision, skill and humility. You are a true gent!Tweet