The Glendale Raptors re-signed Hanco Germishuys for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old back row is 6’2″, and 230 lbs.
Hanco played 301 minutes in five matches, carried 61 times for 525 meters, made 54 tackles, and had 3 lineout takes with one steal.
Hanco was born in Kimberly, Northern Cape, South Africa and attended Newton School. He began playing rugby at a young age and moved to Omaha, Nebraska with his father in 2004. There he attended Westside High School.
Hanco progressed rapidly through the USA Rugby age-grade pathway. He was captain of the Under-18s for Team USA at the Youth Olympics, played for the Under-18s since age 14 for four consecutive years, and the Under-20s in both 2015 and in 2016. He was a four-year high school Aall-American.
During the 2014-15 season, he attended Gloucester Academy, played for four weeks in 2015 with the Sharks Academy and spent the 2015-16 season with the Glendale Raptors in winning the Pacific Rugby Premiership Championship.
In 2016 he played for the Denver Stampede, making nine appearances and scoring six tries. In 2017, it was on to the Austin Huns, where the team won the USA Club Rugby Division 1 National Championship. In 2018 he played with Austin Elite Rugby in the inaugural Major League Rugby season. He made five appearances due to his National team commitment while scoring six tries.
Hanco also played in the Americas Pacific Challenge in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for the USA Selects. He also played in the 2019 Pacific Nations Cup. On February 27, 2016, he made his debut for the Eagles (No. 489) against Brazil and his last match was on October 13, 2019, against Tonga at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He has 21 caps, started 16 times and has scored 9 tries.
During 2019, Hanco will return to Glendale and be part of the MLR squad that seeks to win consecutive MLR regular-season titles and add the Championship to conclude the playoffs.
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“I’m so excited to be back in Glendale for this second season of MLR,” Germishuys said. “I can’t wait to get back into training with the boys soon.”