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Jaco Kriel

Jaco Kriel
Full nameJacobus Albertus Kriel
Date of birth (1989-08-21) 21 August 1989 (age 29)
Place of birthStanderton, South Africa
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight97 kg (15 st 4 lb; 214 lb)
SchoolHoërskool Standerton
UniversityUniversity of Johannesburg
Notable relative(s)Jesse Kriel
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Current team Gloucester
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2013 Golden Lions XV 26 (35)
2010–2015 Golden Lions 44 (100)
2011–2018 Lions 71 (110)
2016–2018 Kubota Spears 7 (5)
2018–present Gloucester 8 (0)
Correct as of 4 March 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016–present South Africa 11 (0)
Correct as of 16 April 2018

Jacobus Albertus Kriel (born 21 August 1989 in Standerton, South Africa) is a rugby union player for Gloucester. He plays as a flanker.

Kriel has also represented the University of Johannesburg in the Varsity Cup.

He was the headboy of Hoërskool Standerton and captained their first team, he also played Craven Week.


On 28 May 2016, Kriel was included in a 31-man South Africa squad for their three-test match series against a touring Ireland team.[1]

Kriel was a part of the Springbok team that defeated France 3-0 in the mid-year test series in 2017. Following this series, Kriel took over as captain of the Lions for the rest of the 2017 Super Rugby season after regular captain Warren Whiteley was injured during the test series against the French.

Kriel was ruled out for the rest of 2017 following a shoulder injury at training prior to the first test against New Zealand.

On 30 April 2018, it was announced that Kriel had been released from his contract with the Lions to join up with former coach Johan Ackermann at Gloucester Rugby.[2]


  1. ^ "Squad of 31 ushers in new era of Springbok rugby". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Lions confirm departure of Jaco Kriel". Sport24. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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