Danwel Demas: Rugby Journeyman

Posted on Oct 15 2017 - 7:19pm by Mike Jansen ([email protected])

Sunday, 15 October 2017


A popular chant at community sport in the Cape is:

Waa’s jou Nannas?!

Well, for today, take a bow Cecil, Branco, Rosco, Justin and Seabelo because…

Hie’s jou Nannas!

Please don’t ask me who or what ‘Nannas’ is… word is he or she is still mincing about on the Cape Flats.

Be that as it may, one of the OG’s of BlitzBokke dreadlocks is celebrating his 36th birthday today. Call him a ‘Ballie‘ at your peril, for the lanky winger still plays competitive Rugga to the day. The man doesn’t know the word ‘retirement’ and why should he?! He’s from Paarl and the grow them big and strong there.

The personification of a Rugby Journeyman, a Province he hasn’t played for has yet to be invented by government. For that reason, I’m not going to name all the teams (local and abroad) he has represented in the last 15 years… it’s Sunday after all and a man still has to have 4 o’clock cake and tea.

Name: Danwel Demas

Born: 15 October 1981 in Paarl

Schooled at: Windmeul Primary & New Orleans High

Position in Rugby: wing

Position at Home: Married to the beautiful Tarryn Lindsay Demas

Debut in the big time: Western Province Under21 (2002)

Debut for Springbok Sevens: Dubai7s (2005)

PS. May not be accurate because the SARugby records doesn’t even reflect his playing at the Hong Kong Sevens. I know he was there… I saw him walking around Nathan Road with Kabamba Floors shopping for Fong Kong souvenirs. S’treu.

Other notables: For Emerging Springboks and Cheetahs vs British & Irish Lions (2009)

Happy Birthday, Ama-Grootman!

Much Respect.

Danwel Demas – the OG of the BlitzBokke dreds…


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 23, Danwel Demas and Bandise Maku of the Emerging Boks after the 13 all draw during the match between the Emerging Springboks and the British and Irish Lions at Newlands Stadium on 23 June 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 31: during the IRB Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7’s Pool match at Murrayfield Stadium on May 31, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)