The Utah Warriors have re-signed Frederick ‘Frikkie’ De Beer for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 28-year-old loosehead prop is 6’3″ and 265 lbs.
Frikkie joined the team during the 2019 season. He played 23 minutes in 2 matches. He carried the ball 4 times for 18 meters and made 7 tackles. He should see increased playing time in 2020.
Following the 2019 season, he returned to the Chicago Lions and helped the team win the 2019 Midwest Division 1 Championship. The team will return to the USA Rugby Elite Cup Championship.
Frikkie is from South Africa and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Hoërskool Brits, graduating in 2009. He then attended North-West University Potchefstroom from 2011-2014, playing rugby for the Barbarians at the University. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science. He also spent time as a Camp Counselor at the Warthog Lodge while attending the University.
Following his graduation, he moved to the U.S. and played rugby with the Chicago Lions since 2015. The team went to the Elite Cup Championship in 2018.
Frikkie hopes to contribute in his Major League Rugby debut for the Utah Warriors against Rugby United New York on April 20, 2019.