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Johan Meyer

DOB: 26/03/1993



POSITIONS: Number 8 / Flanker

PASSPORT: South African

playing history

2015-2018: Zebre ( Pro 14 )

2013-2015: Sharks ( Currie Cup )


After school, Meyer moved to Durban where he joined the Sharks Academy. He was a member of the Sharks U19 squad that played in the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship and the Sharks U21 squads in 2013 and 2014.

He made his first class debut during the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition, making his first of 5 appearances off the bench in the Sharks XV’s 72–6 victory over his former side the Border Bulldogs in Durban.

He was once again involved in the Sharks XV 2014 Vodacom Cup campaign, this time appearing in all eight of their matches; four times in the run-on side and four times off the bench. His first start came in their Round Three match against the Free State XV in Bloemfontein and two weeks later he scored his first senior try in their match against the Boland Cavaliers in Ceres to help the Sharks XV to a 43–27 win. He scored another try in their match against Kenyan invitational side Simba XV in a 40–3 victory in Cape Town and another in the Quarter Final, which wasn’t enough to see the Sharks XV lose 27–20 to eventual losing finalists the Golden Lions to be eliminated from the competition.

Meyer was then named in the Sharks squad for the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division competition and named on the bench for their Round Two match against the Pumas.

He joined Italian Pro12 side Zebre for the 2015–16 Pro12 season. He has played 17 games, starting 16, playing 1269 minutes, scoring 3 tries contributing 15 points in the Pro 12 series.  He has played 5 games in the European Rugby Challenge Cup contributing 5 points.His exceptional form and consistency has put him at the front of the line to be nationalised in time to represent Italy at the next World Cup.

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