Austin Elite Rugby signed South African hooker Tiaan Strauss Erasmus for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 23-years-old, 6″1′, and 220 lbs.
Tiaan is from Pretoria, South Africa and lived in Bloemfontein, prior to moving to Austin, Texas to join Austin Elite Rugby for the 2019 season. He went to Hoerskool Waterkloof and played rugby beginning at age 14 as a loose forward. He attended Central University of Technology, Free State and then the University of Free State.
In 2014 he played rugby 15s and 7s with the Bulls and was selected for the Craven Week Under-18s squad. In 2015 he played with the Cheetahs Under-19s team and then in 2017 with the Under-21s. he also played with the University of Free State in the Varsity Cup playing for the Under-19s and the Under-20s. He represented that team each year from 2015-2018 in Varsity Cup competition. Following the 2018 Varsity Cup, he was named FNB Player that Rocks Award.
In 2018 Tiaan played with the Men’s Free State Cheetahs side in the Supersport Challenge Cup and in 2019 will be in the front row with Austin Elite Rugby.
Austin Elite Rugby Comments
“It was the best early morning call yet. The overwhelming amount of feelings first had to settle in for me to have realized I’d be coming to play footy in America” quoted Erasmus “ It was the proudest I have ever been.”
“His speed and technicality on the pitch is what made him a standout to AER, as a hooker and No.8, he’s got the skills as a back liner which will be integral in our game plan,” said Forwards Coach, Pedrie Wannenburg.