Glendale Raptors signed South African flanker Dwayne Pienaar for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Dwayne is 5’11”, 207 lbs., and will be 24-years-old on Thursday.
Dwayne was Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa. He attended Mulders Drift Primary from 2002-2008, Helpmekaar College from 2009-2010, and Hoërskool Monument High School from 2011-2013.
While at Hoërskool Monument, the rugby team won the 2012 Lantic 7s and he was selected for the Golden Lions Under-18s for Craven Week and for Academy Week.
In 2014 he played for the Golden Lions Under-19s and in 2015 with the Limpogo Blue Bulls in the Vodacom Cup. In 2016 he played for the University of Witwatersrand First XV and the Golden Lions Under-21s, which were the Currie Cup U21s Champions.
He then played for Roodespoort, a Johannesburg club and was the second highest try scorer in the 2018 Pirates Grand Chllenge. He was also named Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year in 2018 for Roodespoort.
Dwayne also played for the Kansas City Blues in 2018 and for the Glendale Raptors against the Rugby Americas Selects, scoring a try as a replacement.
Dwayne will make his 2019 debut with the Raptors tomorrow against the San Diego Legion in a preseason match, after signing a contract to play in the MLR in 2019.