The Houston SaberCats signed Willie Britz for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 33-year-old flanker/No.8 is 6’4″ and 247 lbs.
He is from Johannesburg, South Africa, and attended Hoërskool Diamantveld. He played for the Griquas during Craven Week in 2005 and 2006, as well as in the U19 Currie Cup tournament in 2006. He moved to the Free State Cheetahs for 2007-2008 and made his Vodacom Cup debut for the Free State Cheetahs in 2009.
Willie also went to the University of the Free State from 2007-2012, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Sciences with Honors in Agricultural Economics. He made 25 appearances for the Shimlas in the Varsity Cup competition from 2008-2012.
From 2010-2012 he played for the Griffons, the Emerging Cheetahs, and Free State Cheetahs in 2011, before moving to the Lions organization, where he played in the Currie Cup Premier Division with the Golden Lions from 2012-2014, the Golden Lions XV in the Vodacom Cup in 2013, and the Super Rugby Lions in 2014-2014. He also played with Free State XV in a match in 2016.
From 2015-2016 he played with the Cheetahs before moving to Japan for the Japanese Top League with the NTT Communications Shining Arcs from 2015-2021. He also played Super Rugby with the Sunwolves in 2017-2018 and was the team’s captain. He also played for the World XV team in 2017-2018, as well as for the Barbarians in 2017.