Ruben Van Heerden

About Ruben
DOB 27/10/1997
Born Alberton, South Africa
Height 6ft 6ins / 2.00m
Weight 18st 8lbs / 120kg

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Previous Club The Sharks
Honours South Africa U20s

The imposing South African forward is a new signing ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, joining Exeter Chiefs from South African side, the Sharks.

Stand at 6ft 6ins and topping the scales at 120kg, Van Heerden offers a sizeable addition to the Exeter pack of forwards, where he will join up with compatriots such as Jannes Kirsten, Jacques Vermeulen and fellow newcomer, Aidon Davis.

Having been schooled at the Afrikaanse Hoer Suenskool in Pretoria, he started his rugby career at the nearby Blue Bulls in 2013. He would spend five years with the club before switching to the Sharks, where he has featured prominently in competitions such as the URC, Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup.

His move to Devon, however, is one that really excites him and he hopes to make the most of tackling English and European rugby’s elite teams.

“I’m so excited about coming to the Chiefs,” said van Heerden. “I’ve followed them for some time and you can see they are such a good team, packed full of quality players and who have a game to really challenge the opposition.

“For me, it’s like a dream come true to join a club like this. The Premiership is right up there as one of the best, if not the best, competitions there are to play in. Every week is a challenge, the teams are so strong, so it’s going to be a great battle for myself.”

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