Francois Uys Named Cheetahs Captain

The Toyota Cheetahs announced their captain for the 2015 Super Rugby season.  Francois Uys will be leading the team, joined by the vice-captain, Sarel Pretorius.  The team will be taking on the Sharks in Durban on Saturday, 14 February in their first match of the season.  Francois Jacobus Uys was born in Springs, Gauteng, and he played his junior rugby for the Valke at the U-18 Craven Week (2004), Golden Lions in the Under-19 (2005) and U-21 Competitions (2006 & 2007).  Uys was a member of the South Africa Under-19 side that competed in the 2005 IRB Under 19 World Championship.

He made his first class debut for the Golden Lions in the Vodacom Cup against Valke at Kempton Park on 3 March 2006, nine days before his 20th birthday.  He started his senior career in Johannesburg with the Golden Lions (2006-2008: 24 matches, 5 tries) but, he found first-team opportunities hard to come by and in 2009 he switched to the Free State Cheetahs.  Initially he played mainly in the Vodacom Cup and Absa Currie Cup competitions (2009-2014: 68 matches, 8 tries) and even had a spell on loan at the Griffons (2008 & 2010 & 2012: 14 matches, 1 try).

He made sporadic appearances for the Toyota Cheetahs team in Super Rugby (2009; 2011-2014: 49 matches, 1 try) after his debut against the Blues at Eden Park, Auckland, on 13 March 2009 before finally nailing down a regular starting berth during the 2013-2014 Super Rugby seasons. In 2014, he extended his contract at the Free State Cheetahs until October 2016. 

Quick facts:

Position:  Lock
Date of Birth:  12.03.1986

Height: 1.94m
Weight:  112kg