Wandisile Simelane rugby player
Wandisile Simelane rugby player

Wandisile Simelane

21st Mar 1998 1.79m/91kg Outside Centre

Simelane picked up a rugby ball at 11 but only focused on the sport later on after competing at athletics, excelling in the 100m

After catching the eye at Jeppe High School he represented SA Schools and the Lions Craven Week side. In his 2 years of 1st team rugby at Jeppe, he not only impressed with speed and skills but off the kicking tee too boasting a kick percentage of over 80%.

He signed a 2-year deal with the Lions after leaving school and in 2017 made his Varsity Cup debut for Wits.

Simelane had a successful 2019 Currie Cup, where he started every game for the Lions on the way to the final.

After fighting his way back into contention and earning his first start of the year during the Lions’ tour of Australia, Simelane’s season took a double-blow as he picked up a minor knee ligament injury before Super Rugby was halted by the Covid-19 pandemic and South Africa went into a hard lockdown.

Simelane’s hard work clearly paid off as he returned to his best form in Super Rugby Unlocked.

In his first start of the campaign, against Griquas, Simelane not only scored a fantastic try when he got the ball on the wing, chipped ahead and outsprinted the cover defence, but also made four try assists, becoming just the second South African to achieve the feat after SP Marais in 2017.

Despite making just two starts in Super Rugby Unlocked, Simelane made a massive 158m, beat 10 defenders and made seven linebreaks.

June 2021 saw him being named in South Africa's 46-man squad for the British and Irish Lions Tour.

(LS June 5, 2021)

Career

Wits logo Wits University
Left Wing
2017 - present
sa South Africa U20's
Outside Centre
2017 - present
lions Golden Lions
Outside Centre
2018 - present
golden_lions_thumb Lions
Outside Centre
2019 - present
image Springbok Green
Outside Centre
2020 - present
image South Africa A
Outside Centre
2021 - present
Jeppe logo Jeppe Boys High School
Outside Centre
sa South Africa
Outside Centre
2021 - 2021