Infobox Rugby biography
name = Ashwin Willemse
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1981|9|8
Caledon, Western Cape
height = height|m=1.90
weight = 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
ru_position = Wing
ru_nationalyears = 2003–
ru_nationalcaps = 16
ru_nationalpoints = (20 [4T]
super14 = Lions
school = Swartberg Secondary
Ashwin Willemse (born
8 September 1981in Caledon, Western Cape) is a South African rugby union player. He plays at wing for the national team, the Springboks. He was one of the outstanding performers during the 2003 season.
After winning an IRB Under-21 World Cup gold medal for
South Africain 2002, the hard-working wing, set about gaining much needed Super 12experience with the Cats (now called the Lions).
His pace, speed and power contributed to him being selected for his test debut against Scotland and he did not look back. He was included in the South Africa
2003 Rugby World Cupsquad and scored a spectacular solo try against Samoa.
Ashwin's achievements of 2003 are confirmed by the fact that he scooped the top three awards at the annual SA Rugby function - Player of the Year, Most Promising Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year.
Willemse was badly injured for most of the last two to three seasons. However, he was selected for the
Springboksquad during the 2007 international season and Tri nations, and was selected for the rugby world cup 2007squad.
He has signed a two-year contract with
Biarritz Olympiqueand looks set to join a host of other top Boks set to continue their careers abroad after RWC 2007. [http://www.rugby365.com/story/0,18881,3561_2494691,00.html]
* [http://www.sarugby.com/news/Player/pid=161.html Ashwin Willemse at sarugby.com]
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