Jo-Hanko De Villiers

Jo-Hanko, better known as Pikkie, was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He began playing rugby at five years old. Pikkie attributes his love of rugby to his dad who played in the Currie Cup for the Blue Bulls. 

Pikkie attended Eldoraigne High School where he began as a prop but switched to the back row at the end of his high school career. After graduating high school in 2014, Pikkie attended the University of Johannesburg where he played for the Varsity Cup Team. 

To continue his rugby career, Pikkie signed with Lions Rugby in 2015. He joined the Lions as a junior player. Pikkie would continue to compete and work his way up in the Lions organization for the next six years. In 2017, Pikkie joined the U21 Golden Lions and made his senior Currie Cup debut when he helped the team to the Currie Cup finals. During this stand out season, he received awards for the “Best Forward Player” and “Best Player of the Year.” 

Pikkie said he is excited to be a part of such a professional club and structure. “I would love nothing more than adding to that success, and I’m excited to be joining and working with an already talented group of players,” Pikkie continued. 

Position Number 8
Height 6' 3" ft
Weight 240 lbs
Hometown Pretoria, South Africa