GJ van Velze

Position: Back Row, Second Row
Date of birth: 21 February 1988
Birthplace: Secunda, South Africa
Height: 194cm (6' 4")
Weight: 112kg (17st 9lb)

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GJ van Velze joined Bath Rugby in the summer of 2022, adding strong experience and leadership to the club’s pack options.

A player who can play multiple positions across the back five of the scrum, including Number 8 and second row, van Velze has over a century of Premiership appearances to his name after spells with Northampton Saints, where he won the Premiership in 2014, and Worcester Warriors. 

At the latter, he was given the captaincy in his first season, leading the Warriors to promotion back to the Premiership at the first time of asking. He retained his leadership role throughout his seven years at Sixways.

Prior to his time in England, van Velze twice captained the Blue Bulls’ junior side to the Vodacom Cup as well as skippering South Africa Academy, South Africa Under-19s and Under-20s.

Whilst in Pretoria, he became a key member of the Bulls’ Currie Cup squad before making his Super Rugby debut in 2010.

Ojomoh and de Glanville named for Bath's final West Country derby

13 April 2023

Head of Rugby Johann van Graan has made two changes to Bath Rugby’s backline for the trip to West Country rivals Gloucester in the Gallagher Premiership. Read more 

Injury update ahead of Bristol Bears

20 February 2023

Bath Rugby Head of Medical Services Rory Murray has provided an injury update ahead of Friday’s match against Bristol Bears. Read more 

Roux and van Velze to make first Bath Rugby starts v London Irish

30 September 2022

Bath Rugby have made five changes to their starting XV for the trip to London Irish in Round 4 of the Gallagher Premiership. Read more 

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