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Height  1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Name  Michael Bernardt

Playing position  Centre
Weight  94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
School  Riversdale, Western Cape

Full name  Michael Rudger Gerardus Bernardt
Born  19 March 1993 (age 22) Cape Town, South Africa (1993-03-19)
School(s) attended  Oakdale Agricultural High School, Riversdale

Current club  Eastern Province Kings

Michael Rudger Gerardus Bernardt (born 19 March 1993 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player, who most recently played with the Eastern Province Kings. His regular position is centre, but he can also play as a fly-half or winger.


Youth rugby

As a high school student at Oakdale Agricultural High School in Riversdale, Western Cape, Bernardt was selected to represent his local provincial side, the SWD Eagles, at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week competition in 2009. Two years later, he once again played for the side, this time at the Under-18 Craven Week competition held in Kimberley, scoring a try in their match against the Falcons.

In 2012, he made the move to Durban to join the Sharks. He played for the Sharks U19 side in the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship, contributing one try in their match against former side SWD U19. He progressed to the Sharks U21 side in 2013, making a five appearances in the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship, but starting just one of those – their 13–36 semi-final loss to the Blue Bulls U21.

NMMU Madibaz

In 2014, Bernardt moved to Port Elizabeth to join Varsity Cup side NMMU Madibaz. He made a big impact in the 2014 Varsity Cup competition, scoring four tries (the most of any NMMU backline player) to help his side reach the semi-finals of the competition for the second successive season.

Eastern Province Kings

After the 2014 Varsity Cup, Bernardt also made two starts for the Eastern Province Kings in the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition. The first of these was a 28–21 victory over the Boland Cavaliers, which was Bernardt's first class debut. He also played in their final match of the campaign (for the first twenty minutes of the match before injury resulted in him coming off), which saw them beat the previously-unbeaten Sharks XV 27–11 in Durban; this wasn't enough to help the Kings into the Quarter Finals, finishing in fifth spot in the Southern Section.

He was one of 50 players named in the EP Kings' training squad prior to the 2015 season.


Michael Bernardt Wikipedia

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