Wilhelm van der Sluys

About Wilhelm
DOB 14/08/1991
Born Paarl
Height 6ft 6in / 1.98m
Weight 17st 6lbs / 112kg

Position Lock
Total Appearances 11
Total Tries
Total Points
Previous Club Southern Kings

Exeter Chiefs bolstered their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 season with the acquisition of powerful South African lock Wilhelm van der Sluys.

The 25-year-old forward arrived at Sandy Park on a one-year deal from Super Rugby side, the Southern Kings, and was Rob Baxter's sixth new addition of the summer.

Born in Paarl, van der Sluys attended the local High School before moving onto the University of Stellenbosch, where he played for Maties Rugby Club. Also part of the Western Province, he made his debut during the 2012 Vodacom Cup, coming on as a replacement in their game against Pampas XV, before going on to win the Currie Cup in the same year, featuring in the same side as current Chiefs star Don Armand.

Although rugby remained a key objective for van der Sluys in terms of his career, the youngster was keen to ensure he continued his education and it was not until last year that he really took up the sport on a full-time basis. Recruited by Worcester Warriors, his spell at Sixways proved somewhat shortlived, making just one appearance for the Midlanders in the Anglo-Welsh Cup before he enjoyed the odd loan game with both Rotherham Titans and London Scottish.

A chance, however, to return home to South Africa with the Kings followed in March and the player quickly established himself in their ranks, featuring in Super Rugby alongside former Exeter player Chrysander Botha.

It was whilst playing for the Kings that van der Sluys came to the attentions of Baxter, who believes the imposing African-born forward can add some real bulk and mobility to his Exeter pack.

Season Stats
  • Minutes Played44
  • Points0
  • Tries0
  • Conversions0
  • Conversions Missed0
  • Penalty Goals0
  • Penalty Goals Missed0
  • Drop Goals0
  • Drop Goals Missed0
  • Carries6
  • Metres Gained7
  • Average Gain1.17
  • Clean Breaks0
  • Defenders Beaten0
  • Offloads0
  • Try Assists0
  • Passes1
  • Kicks In Play0
  • Tackles7
  • Tackles Missed0
  • Turnovers Won1
  • Turnovers Conceded0
  • Yellow Cards0
  • Red Cards0
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