Henco Venter

Hendrik Petrus Venter (born 27 March 1992 in Bloemfontein) is a South African rugby union player for the Sharks in Super Rugby, having previously played for the Cheetahs from 2015 to 2019.[1] His regular position is flanker.

Henco Venter
Full nameHendrik Petrus Venter
Date of birth (1992-03-27) 27 March 1992
Place of birthBloemfontein, South Africa
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight97 kg (15 st 4 lb; 214 lb)
SchoolGrey College
Notable relative(s)Ruben Kruger (uncle)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Current team Sharks
Youth Career
2005–2013 Free State Cheetahs
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2015 UFS Shimlas 12 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2019 Free State Cheetahs 38 (15)
2014–2016 Free State XV 8 (5)
2015–2019 Cheetahs 57 (15)
2018–2019 Toshiba Brave Lupus 11 (10)
Correct as of 21 October 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 South Africa Under-16 Elite Squad
Correct as of 22 April 2018



He first played for Free State at the 2005 Under-13 Craven Week tournament. In 2008, he played for them in the 2008 Under-16 Grant Khomo Week and made it into an Under-16 Elite squad. He also played in the 2009 Academy Week. He played for Free State U19 in the 2011 Under-19 Provincial Championship competition and for Free State U21 in the 2012 Under-21 Provincial Championship and 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship competitions.

He also played Varsity Cup rugby for UFS Shimlas. He was named in a Varsity Cup Dream Team at the conclusion of the 2015 Varsity Cup tournament which played one match against the South Africa Under-20s in Stellenbosch.[2]

Free State Cheetahs / Cheetahs

He made his first class debut for the Free State Cheetahs in the 2012 Currie Cup Promotion/Relegation series against the Eastern Province Kings.[3] He was also included in their squad for the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division competition.[4]

In July 2014, Venter signed a new contract with the Free State Cheetahs until the end of 2015.[5]


Venter is the nephew of the late South African international rugby player Ruben Kruger.[6]


  1. "SA Rugby Player Profile – Henco Venter". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Varsity Cup XV 24-31 South Africa U/20". South African Rugby Union. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  3. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Eastern Province Kings 6-16 Toyota Free State Cheetahs". South African Rugby Union. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. "SA Rugby Squad – Toyota Free State Cheetahs : 2013 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  5. "Vrystaat belê in jonges" (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  6. "'Groot gevoel' om nes sy oom Ruben met nr. 7-trui te speel" (in Afrikaans). Volksblad. 29 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.

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