South African hooker Mike Willemse joined Edinburgh from Guinness PRO14 rivals Southern Kings ahead of the 2019/20 campaign on a two-year deal.
An all-action hooker built in the ‘Stuart McInally mould’, Willemse came through the ranks at the Eastern Province Kings, while playing Varsity Cup rugby with UCT Ikey Tigers – scoring three tries in six starts.
Following the conclusion of the 2013 Varsity Cup, Willemse was called up to Western Province’s Vodacom Cup squad where he made his first team debut against Argentinian side Pampas XV.
Willemse made his Currie Cup debut during the same campaign as he came off the bench against the Sharks. The hooker was named in the Stormers Super Rugby squad for the 2014/15 season.
The Cape Town native joined current club Southern Kings in 2017 and made 36 total appearances for the Port Elizabeth outfit, scoring five tries.
Willemse has represented South Africa at under-20 level, where he scored two tries in three appearances at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship held in France.
Date of birth: 14 February 1993
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