Vodacom Bulls head coach, John Mitchell, made a bold move when he announced his 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby squad that included three inexperienced scrumhalves.
Ivan van Zyl was one of those three halfbacks and he has repaid Mitchell’s faith in him by performing week in and week out as the incumbent scrumhalf for the Vodacom Bulls.
His stellar performances in the light blue jersey caught the attention of Springbok head coach, Rassie Erasmus, and the 22-year-old Affies schooled scrumhalf made his Springbok debut against Wales in Washington DC.
Van Zyl has called Loftus Versfeld his home since he left school. He represented the Blue Bulls at the U13 and U18 Craven Week before turning out for the Vodacom Blue Bulls at U19, U21, Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup Qualifiers and Currie Cup level while he has started the majority of this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby matches for the Vodacom Bulls.
He has wore the colours of the Junior Springboks in 2015 and became Springbok no. 896 against Wales. He earned his second cap off the bench against England in the opening test of the June Incoming Tour at Emirates Airline Park.
Van Zyl has proved himself to be a nimble scrumhalf with a crisp service. He is not afraid to challenge defenders around the ruck and his natural ability as a halfback should see Van Zyl contest for a starting spot in the national team.
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