Wian Conradie Joins the Pack
Wian was born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia in a family with a rich history in rugby. Although at a young age he also played hockey and cricket, rugby stuck with him.
Wian went to Windhoek High School, which is known as one of the best rugby schools in Namibia, where he played No.8 and helped the team win three consecutive league Championships. In 2011, he represented his country on the Namibia Academy team. The following year, Wian represented Namibia in the U18 Craven week in South Africa and in the U19 Confederation of African Rugby tournament (CAR). In 2013, Wian again helped the U19 team qualify for the Junior Rugby World Cup in Nelspruit, South Africa and played in the U20 Junior World Rugby Trophy in Temuco, Chile.
After graduating high school in 2014, Wian was scouted by the University of Johannesburg in South Africa (UJ). While playing on the U20 and U21 rugby teams at UJ, Wian also represented Namibia on the U20 team at the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong. All four years on the UJ rugby team, Wiam was elected to play in the FNB Varsity Cup tournament, which is a competition featuring eight South African universities.
In 2015, Wian was one of four players under the age of 21 to represent Namibia in the Rugby World Cup in London, England. He continued on to compete in the World Rugby Nations Cup 2016 in Bucharest, Romania and in the World Rugby Nations Cup 2017 in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2017, he also played in the Africa Gold Cup 2017 in Winghoek, Namibia where he assisted Namibia win gold.
Before graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in B-tech Quantity Surveying, Wian helped Namibia qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. North-West University (NWU) in South Africa contracted Wian to represent them in the FNB Varsity Cup. On top of this, he was apart of the 2019 Nations Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay. After fighting his way through pre-season, Wian made the final squad of the Namibian team for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Next, he signed with the Doncaster Knights in the United Kingdom until COVID -19 shortened their season.
Wian says, “playing in the US has been an everlasting dream.” He continued,”Coach Allen Clarke’s intentions for the club collectively and individually really touched me. I’m excited to be a part of such a professional club and structure.” Welcome to the pack Wian!
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