A former student of the superb Paarl Gymnasium, Luhandre Luus earned a reputation as one of the most physical and dynamic schoolboy rugby players in the country. Ravenous at the breakdown, he was the quintessential openside flank and duly joined the Natal Sharks. His time in Durban not only saw Luus step up in the ultra-competitive U19 Currie Cup, but it also saw him transform into a mobile and physically imposing hooker. Rapidly quick around the park, Luhandre’s ability to fend off would-be defenders saw him compared to a young Bismarck du Plessis, but Luus’ future did not lie with the green and gold.
Intensely proud of his Italian heritage, Luhandre moved to Europe as a 19-year-old and immediately made his mark on the U20 Six Nations of 2015. Despite Italy’s struggles in the competition, Luus was singled out as a player to watch, and it came as little surprise when he made his European Challenge Cup debut just a few short months later. Two seasons at Calvisano were followed by consecutive Guinness Pro 14 campaigns for Zebre, but its in the Italian Super 10 that his try-scoring exploits are most apparent. Seventeen domestic touchdowns led to an Italy A call-up in the World Rugby Nations Cup, where his consistent throwing, brutal defensive hits and explosive leg-drive in contact served to impress opponents and onlookers alike.
DOB: 13 November 1995
Current Team: Valorugby Emilia
2019 - 2021
Valorugby Emilia (Italian Super 10)
2017 - 2019
Zebre (Guinness Pro 14, European Challenge Cup)
2015 - 2018
Italy A (World Rugby Nations Cup)
2015 - 2017
Rugby Calvisano (European Challenge Cup, Italian Super 10)
2014 - 2015
Italy (World Rugby U20 Championship, U20 Six Nations)