Born and raised in Nelspruit, Daniel Maartens represented the Mpumalanga Pumas at every age-group level, before completing his schooling. A move to Bloemfontein soon followed and Maartens’ physical prowess saw him bypass the U19 Currie Cup by immediately being called up to the U21 squad, where he emerged as a pillage beyond compare. Three years spent in the U21 Currie Cup brought a tally of 25 tries and countless turnovers, garnering further attention for the title winning Shimlas team in the Varsity Cup, who soon realised that the region had unearthed a gem.
Comparisons to Heinrich Brussouw were in abundance and with the breakdown being so crucial to a team’s success, Maartens earned a Guinness Pro 14 call-up in 2017. As he reaches the prime of his career, the Openside’s work rate and tackle count have proven to be invaluable at every level of the game, including the world-renowned Currie Cup. Returning home to the Pumas in time for the 2020 Super Rugby SA competition, Daniel scored 4 tries in 7 appearances during the Covid-interrupted season. Adding power to numerous line breaks, Maartens is a name to remember.
DOB: 4 May 1995
Position: Openside Flank
Current Team: Mpumalanga Pumas
2020 - 2021
Mpumalanga Pumas (Super Rugby SA, Currie Cup)
2017 - 2020
Cheetahs (Guinness Pro 14), Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup)
2014 - 2018
Free State Cheetahs (U21 Currie Cup, Supersport Challenge)
2015 - 2016
University of Free State - Shimlas (Varsity Cup)
2011 - 2013
Mpumalanga Pumas (U16 Grant Khomo Week, U18 Craven Week)