Lood de Jager: Leading from the front
Lood de Jager has made Loftus Versfeld his home and the Springbok lock has entrenched himself in the hearts of the Vodacom Bulls’ faithful supporters.
His rugby pedigree was well known before he arrived in Pretoria but 2018 proved to be the year where the 27-year-old showed his loyalty to the team.
De Jager’s 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby season was cut short when he tore his pectoral muscle against the Cell C Sharks in May. While following his rehabilitation programme, he opted to support the team as best he could. Carrying water bottles, attending training sessions on the sidelines and supporting his team mates on match days including mentoring the junior players.
De Jager’s love and passion for the Vodacom Bulls came to a head in the Currie Cup semi-final against DHL Western Province when his celebration of Dylan Sage’s try that levelled the scores and forced the match into extra time, was caught on camera and captured the hearts and minds of rugby supporters across South Africa and the world.
De Jager has been named as the Vodacom Bulls’ captain for the 2019 edition of Vodacom Super Rugby and with the 60 capped veteran already having proved his talent in gold coupled with his love of all things blue, this could be his best season yet.