Jacobs is set to be one of the standout junior players in the country this season.
After an impressive 2009 for province and country at age-group level, he was rewarded with a two-year contract with the Bulls (he is currently part of their U19 squad) and was selected for the SA U20 squad that travelled to France in February as part of their preparations for the Junior World Championship in June.
The 18-year-old scrumhalf hails from the small farm town of Britz, near Rustenburg. He attended Britz Primary and matriculated from Affies last year, where he played two seasons of 1st XV rugby.
Jacobs has been in the Bulls set-up for six years. He represented the Pretoria union at the U13 Craven Week in 2004, the U16 Grant Khomo Week in 2007 and in two consecutive U18 Craven Weeks in 2008 and 2009. He also featured in the last four games for the Bulls U19s last season.
Jacobs caught the attention of SA U20 coach Eric Sauls in 2009, and was selected
for the U18 High Performance programme.
‘If Lohan keeps working hard and continues his impressive form, he has the potential to go all the way,’ says Sauls.
At 1.74m and 83kg, it’s Jacobs’ robust build and strength that usually gives him the edge over other scrumhalves.
‘Lohan has all the attributes to be a great No 9 – a crisp pass, an excellent kicking game and good vision,’ says Bulls U19 coach Paul Anthony. ‘But his biggest asset, which is something that makes him so unique, is his physicality and his strength. I believe he can develop into a player of the same pedigree as Fourie du Preez.’
Jacobs is confident he can replicate last year’s success in 2010.
‘I’m taking a gap year so I can focus fully on my rugby this season,’ says Jacobs. ‘I want to perform well for the Bulls U19s and to represent SA U20 at the Junior World Champs.
‘I then want to work myself up the ranks at the Bulls and hope to play Super Rugby in the next few seasons. After I have established a place in the senior squad, I can then focus on my Springbok ambitions.’
By Gareth Duncan
– This article first appeared in SA Rugby magazine