Ruben de Haas is the Cheetahs American international scrumhalf, who is also a third generation Free State player. His dad Pieter, and grandfather, Gerard, both represented the Free State at provincial level. Born in George in the Southern Cape, De Haas, grew up in Jessieville High School, Arkansas and his early rugby career was started at the Little Rock Junior Stormers, which was the only high school rugby team in the state.
He played for the Central University of Technology Ixias in the Varsity Cup, before been drafted into the Cheetahs system. He his has mainly played for the Toyota Free State XV in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.
De Haas has represented both USA U19 and U20 teams, and has represented the USA Eagles in over 10 Tests. He represented the USA team which at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan