Posted on Thursday, 28 Jun 2016
Date of Birth: 18.01.1991
Weight: 92 kg
Height: 1.95 m
The big ball carrier, Thembelani Bholi will be running onto the field for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in both the 2016 and 2017 Currie Cup seasons.
Bholi signed with the Toyota Free State Cheetahs for the 2016 and 2017 Currie Cup seasons and will return to the Kings, where he is currently contracted for the 2016 and 2017 Super Rugby seasons.
He sustained a knee injury during the King’s Super Rugby match against the Crusaders and underwent an operation. He will be out for 10 to 12 weeks and will be back on the field for the first match in September.
Bholi represented the Border Country Districts at the Under–18 Craven Week tournaments in both 2007 and 2008. He joined the Eastern Province Kings Academy in 2010 and appeared as a substitute in all eight of the Eastern Province U21s' matches during the 2010 Under-21 Provincial Championship. He was an ever-present for the side during the 2011 Under-21 Provincial Championship, starting all eight of their matches.
Bholi signed a contract with the Eastern Province team for the 2012 season and was named in their 2012 Vodacom Cup and 2012 Currie Cup First Division squads, but suffered a shoulder injury that prevented him from playing in any matches.
He was then included in the squad for the 2013 Currie Cup First Division and eventually returned to action when he was named in the starting line-up for their match against the Leopards in Port Elizabeth. He made his first class debut on 12 July 2013. After two appearances off the bench he started their match against the Border Bulldogs before losing his place to players returning from the 2013 Super Rugby season with the Kings.
He started all seven of their matches in the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition and made enough of an impression that he was selected in the starting line-up for the Eastern Province Kings side that faced Wales during a tour match during a 2014 incoming tour.
Bholi made his first Currie Cup Premier Division start in the opening match of the season. He made a total of seven appearances during the competition. He scored his first try for the EP Kings in first match of the 2015 Vodacom Cup season, a 19–27 defeat to defending champions Griquas.