Willie Engelbrecht, born on 24 July 1992, is a South African rugby union player who currently represents the Pumas in the Currie Cup and Rugby Challenge. His primary position is flanker, where he demonstrates his skill and tenacity on the field.
Engelbrecht's rugby journey started at Hoërskool Die Wilgers in Pretoria, where he honed his skills and passion for the game. He then moved on to represent UJ (University of Johannesburg) in the Varsity Cup, further showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport.
In 2018, Engelbrecht joined the Lions squad as a loan player for the Super Rugby season. Although he was part of the team, he did not have the opportunity to play any matches that season and subsequently returned to the Pumas, continuing his professional career with the team.
In 2021, Engelbrecht embarked on a loan spell with the Stormers, a prominent franchise in South African rugby. During his time with the Stormers, he made significant contributions, playing five games in the Pro14 Rainbow Cup and another five games in the United Rugby Championship. His performances demonstrated his ability to adapt to a higher level of competition and solidified his reputation as a skilled flanker.
After his loan spell with the Stormers, Engelbrecht returned to the Pumas for the 2022 Currie Cup season, where he continued to make his mark on the field. His consistent performances and dedication to the game earned him recognition and opportunities at various levels of competition.
On 27 May 2022, it was announced that Engelbrecht had signed a two-year deal with the Stormers, solidifying his commitment to the franchise. This move highlighted the value and potential that he brings to the team, and he looks forward to contributing to the Stormers' future success.
With his experience at both provincial and top-level competitions, Engelbrecht brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to every game he plays. As he continues to evolve as a player and embraces new challenges, he has the opportunity to leave a lasting impact on South African rugby.
|2021 - present
|2023 - present
|2017 - 2023