|Full name Justin Johan Basson|
Current club Free State Cheetahs
|Weight 116 kg (18 st 4 lb)|
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Name Justin Basson
|Born 10 February 1994 (age 21)
Cape Town, South Africa (1994-02-10) |
School(s) attended Hoer Landbouskool Boland, Paarl
Justin Johan Basson (born 10 February 1994 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing Super Rugby with the Cheetahs and Currie Cup rugby with the Free State Cheetahs. His regular position is lock.
After high school, Basson joined the Blue Bulls Academy prior to the 2013 season. He was one of the first-choice locks for the Blue Bulls U19 side during the 2013 Under-19 Provincial Championship; after two appearances off the bench in their first two matches of the season, he started every other match, helping the Blue Bulls finish top of the log to qualify for the title play-offs. He started their 37–21 semi-final victory against the Leopards U19 and also the final, in which the Blue Bulls finished the season as champions after beating Gauteng rivals Golden Lions U19 35–23 in Durban.
He was named in a 74-man South Africa Under-20 training squad named in February 2014. However, he did not make the final squad that participated at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.
Free State Cheetahs
After just one season in Pretoria, Basson moved to Bloemfontein to join the Free State Cheetahs. He started the season playing rugby for the UFS Shimlas Young Guns, scoring a try in the final of the 2014 Varsity Cup Young Guns competition to help them win the competition for the first time.
He started nine of the Free State U21 side's thirteen matches during the 2014 Under-21 Provincial Championship and played off the bench on one occasion. He scored one of his side's eighteen tries in a 118–6 demolition of Border U21 in his second match at this level and scored another in a 43–21 victory over the Sharks U21 later in the season to help his side finish in fourth spot and clinch a title play-off spot. He didn't feature in the semi-finals as his side lost 17–41 to Western Province U21.
He was included in a Free State XV that participated in the 2015 Vodacom Cup. He made his first class debut by starting their second match of the season against Boland Cavaliers in a 52–15 victory.