Willem Alberts

2011-09-21 14:21
Willem Alberts (Gallo)

Full name: Willem Schalk Alberts
Date of birth: May 11 1984
Place of birth: Pretoria
Height: 1.92 (6 ft 3 in)
Weight: 119 kg (18 st 10 lbs)
School: Monument High School
Position: Flank, Eighthman
Club: the Sharks

At 1.92 metres tall and weighing in 119 kilograms, Willem Alberts is one of the most physically imposing rugby players in South Africa.

Since his breakthrough into first class rugby the utility forward has quickly carved out a reputation as a powerful ball carrier and tough tackler, and surprised many with his high work rate and unexpected pace.

Alberts is comfortable at eighthman or on the side of the scrum and his tackle-busting carries are an excellent source of momentum for his team.

The Sharks’ forward was born in Pretoria and attended Monument High School in Krugersdorp - the same school attended by former Springboks Christo Wagenaar, Brendan Venter and Jorrie Muller, and current Springbok outside-centre Jaque Fourie.

Alberts started his professional career at the Lions and was promoted to the senior team in 2006 after only two years at the union, but moved to the Sharks three years later in 2009. It was at the Durban side that Alberts started to make good on his potential.

After only a single season at the Sharks Alberts was called up to the Springboks in 2010 for the end of year tour to the British Isles, in place of injured flanker Schalk Burger.

The Sharks player did not disappoint on the tour and his pace and power proved to be most effective in the closing stages of games, against tired opposition. 

Alberts earned three caps on tour, coming on a substitute in games against England, Wales and Scotland, and scoring on all three occasions.

In all likelihood, Alberts will again be called on to fill the role of an impact player at the World Cup – starting the match on the bench and supplanting one of the first-choice loose forwards in the final quarter.


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