Ashwin Willemse

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Ashwin Willemse (born 8 September 1981 in 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 Africa in 2002, the hard-working wing, set about gaining much needed Super 12 experience 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 Cup squad 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 Springbok squad during the 2007 international season and Tri nations, and was selected for the rugby world cup 2007 squad.

He has signed a two-year contract with Biarritz Olympique and 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]

External links

*Springboks|id=21657|name=Ashwin Willemse
* [http://www.sarugby.com/news/Player/pid=161.html Ashwin Willemse at sarugby.com]


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