Jordi Viljoen

South African Jordi Viljoen eyes All Black selection. Photo: Hurricanes Rugby/Twitter.

Can this Springbok son become an All Black legend?

Jordi Viljoen, with Springboks lineage, aims for the All Blacks. He’s got a unique connection to a legend.

Jordi Viljoen

South African Jordi Viljoen eyes All Black selection. Photo: Hurricanes Rugby/Twitter.

The Hurricanes’ rookie halfback, Jordi Viljoen, boasts a family tree steeped in rugby royalty. The 20-year-old earned a surprise starting spot ahead of the Hurricanes’ regular lineup for the season opener. He made the most of this unexpected opportunity, capping his debut with a try in his team’s victory.

Viljoen’s Rugby Heritage

“There was a lot of joy and happy emotion getting to run out for my first time,” Viljoen told RNZ. “Starting as well, you never really expect it on debut and I’m just super grateful.”

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Jordi’s father, Joggie Viljoen, not only played for the Hurricanes but also earned caps with the South African national team, the Springboks. The family’s rugby lineage extends even further – Jordi’s grandfather, Joggie Viljoen Snr, also represented the Springboks.

Learning from the Greats

Young Viljoen’s development hasn’t been limited to his family’s influence. At the Hurricanes, he’s learning from experienced All Blacks like TJ Perenara and Cam Roigard. Jordi’s father also fostered a connection with another All Black legend, Aaron Smith, during his time with Manawatu.

“I always had a really good family connection with Aaron Smith,” said Viljoen.

Viljoen’s Unique Path

With exposure to some of rugby’s most renowned figures, Jordi is determined to forge his own style. “I just try and bring my own style to the game and don’t try to be anyone else,” he explains. “I just want to be the best version of myself.”

The All Black Dream

Despite his strong ties to South Africa, Viljoen’s international ambitions are firmly with New Zealand. “100 per cent I’d love to play for the All Blacks,” he affirms. “It’s been a dream ever since moving here. New Zealand has given me a lot and all the opportunities in terms of rugby and living a safe and happy life.”