European Professional Club Rugby | South African players crowned in the European Cup: Glenn Gelderbloom

As part of a historic expansion, the Champions Cup next season will include three South African clubs who have qualified through the United Rugby Championship (URC). We we now focus on the South African players who have won the European Cup with, to start, a focus on Glenn Gelderbloom crowned twice in the competition.

The three-quarter center helped Leicester Tigers win two European crowns, with two appearances in the 2001 campaign before making six appearances the following season. One of Gelderbloom’s two matches in 2001 was the final against Stade Français Paris, with an entry into play late in the game to take part in the victory on the lawn of the Parc des Princes (34-30).

Glenn Gelderbloom was regularly fielded in the group stage the following season and came on again in the final where the Tigers took the best of Munster Rugby at the Principality Stadium (15-9). The following season, Gelderbloom made three appearances in the competition, including the quarter-final loss to Munster (20-7), which ended the Tigers’ hopes of securing a European treble. The South African center has finally made three new European matches in 2003/2004 where Leicester failed to pass the group stage. The Tigers’ victory over Newport Gwent Dragons (26-20) on matchday five was his 15th and final game of the tournament before leaving the English club at the end of the season.

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