Lukhanyo Am’s age, salary, height, wife, Instagram, weight

Lukhanyo Am’s age, salary, height, wife, Instagram, weight

Ciku Njuguna
updated at February 19, 2024 at 9:50 AM

Lukhanyo Am is a professional rugby player who has played for the South African Springboks and the Sharks. In 2019, the centre and winger became a national and global star after a remarkable performance in six out of seven Rugby World Cup matches. Dig into this article for details of the rugby player’s personal and professional life.

Lukhanyo Am of South Africa.
Lukhanyo Am (l) in action against Japan at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium on September 6, 2019. He (r) poses for a Rugby World Cup portrait. Photo by Koki Nagahama/Harry How-World Rugby.
Source: Getty Images

Throughout his career, Am has proved himself as one of South Africa’s best athletes of all time as a player and captain. This article dives into details of his athletic career and personal life. Scroll down for everything you need to know about Lukhanyo Am, including his full name, upbringing and achievements.

Lukhanyo Am profile summary

Full name

Lukhanyo Am


Lucky, Three Shots

Date of birth

28 November 1993


30 years old as of February 2024

Place of birth

King William's Town, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa


South African


186 centimetres (6'1")


93 kilograms (205 lbs)




Zukiswa Am



Relationship status



Hoërskool De Vos Malan high school


Professional rugby player


Centre, fullback


Springboks, Hollywoodbets Sharks

Test debut

2 December 2017

Active playing period

2014 - present

Net worth

$3 million - $5 million

Social media pages

Instagram, Twitter

What is Lukhanyo Am’s height and weight?

According to his SA Rugby profile, the centre stands at six feet and one inch tall (186 centimetres). He weighs 205 pounds. (93 kilograms).

Facts about South Africa's rugby player, Lukhanyo Am.
South African rugby player Lukhanyo Am poses for a portrait during the Rugby World Cup on September 15, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Harry How/World Rugby.
Source: Original

How old is Lukhanyo Am?

The centre was born on the 28th of November in 1993 (30 years old as of February 2024). Based on Lukhanyo Am's age, his zodiac sign is Scorpio.

Lukhanyo Am's biography

Queries exist about the Springboks player’s surname. However, sources reveal his nickname, Three Shots, is based on his clan name Gqugqugqu.

Lukhanyo is a King William's Town native. He and his siblings, an older sister, Thabisa Am, and a younger brother, were brought up by their mother, Zukiswa. Details of his father's name and whereabouts remain unknown.

In an interview with SABC News, Lukhanyo Am's mother, Zukiswa, spoke about his love for the game from an early age. She said,

"He likes to play rugby. Rugby is his passion. And I asked him to change the rugby, but he refused. I said,' Go to soccer, go to other sports.' 'No, Ma. I like rugby'"
Vodacom Bulls' Jesse Kriel (l) tackles Lukhanyo Am (r) of Cell C Sharks.
Vodacom Bulls' Jesse Kriel (l) tackles Lukhanyo Am (r) of Cell C Sharks during a match at Jonsson Kings Park on March 30, 2019, in Durban, South Africa. Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images.
Source: Getty Images

Lukhanyo Am's family

Lukhanyo Am is not married. Being one of the few famous single Springbok players, fans are eager to find out details of Lukhanyo Am's wife or girlfriend.


Lukhanyo Am attended the Hoërskool De Vos Malan high school in King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He later joined the Gladiators Rugby Academy in Margate, where he honed his athletic abilities.

In 2014, he planned to enrol at the University of Fort Hare, where he could compete in the Varsity Shield. The plan fell through after crossing paths with Chumani Booi, who invited him to the Border Bulldogs. Speaking about his love for the sport, he told PrimeSport,

"I was a very active young man from primary school. Whether it was football in school or being in cricket. Maybe I was active or a bit gifted to juggle them. Rugby stood out in terms of the team environment and the brotherhood. It made more sense for me to focus more on the rugby."
Springboks' Lukhanyo Am in action.
Springboks' Lukhanyo Am (front) breaks away from Australian Wallabies' players during the Rugby Championship match at Adelaide Oval on August 27, 2022, in Australia. Photo by Sarah Reed.
Source: Getty Images


While at the Gladiators Rugby, he played for the academy's Under-13 team. He later played with the Border Bulldogs. Sports Brief has used authoritative sources Am's All Rugby, Rugby World Cup and SA Rugby profiles to provide every detail about the centre's rugby journey.

What position does Lukhanyo Am play in?

The international rugby player's primary position is the centre, which he has played over 120 times. Over the course of his career, he has occupied other positions as a fullback and a right winger.

Who does Lukhanyo Am play for?

Am has been an active professional rugby player since 2015, when he joined Southern Kings. At the time of writing, the centre plays for the South African national rugby team and the Sharks.

Club career

As of February 2024, the Zwelitsha township native plays for Hollywoodbets Sharks. Other professional clubs he has played for include Kobelco Kobe Steelers and the Southern Kings. Have a look at Lukhanyo Am's club career stats.

Southern Kings' Lukhanyo Am in action.
Southern Kings' Lukhanyo Am in action during the Super Rugby match against the Toyota Cheetahs at Toyota Stadium on May 14, 2016, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images.
Source: Getty Images




Starting percentage






Hollywoodbets Sharks

2021 - present

2016 - 2021








Kobelco Kobe Steelers









Southern Kings









International career

Am's test debut was recorded in December 2017, when he took on the fullback role during a match between South Africa and Wales. In 2018, Am became a starting player for the first time, playing against England's national football team. Here are details of Lukhanyo Am's international career stats as of February 2024.







All Time Rugby World Cup matches


All Time Rugby World Cup points


All-Time Rugby World Cup tries


Cell C Sharks' Lukhanyo Am (l) in action.
Cell C Sharks' Lukhanyo Am (l) in action against Emirates Lions player during a match at Emirates Airline Park on April 05, 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images.
Source: Getty Images

Frequently asked questions

Described as the Toast of King Williams Town, the centre has had a successful career at the helm of the Boks. Here are some interesting facts about him.

1. What happened to Lukhanyo Am?

Is Lukhanyo Am injured? In 2023, the outside centre missed the Rugby World Cup after sustaining an injury. The Springboks captain, who led the Boks to victory in Japan, was sidelined because of a knee injury.

2. Does Lukhanyo Am have a missing finger?

Lukhanyo is missing half of his middle finger on his left arm. Sources reveal that the missing finger is linked to a customary rite, iNgqithi, practised in certain Xhosa clans for a variety of reasons.

3. How much is Lukhanyo Am's salary?

How much do SA rugby players earn? According to various publications, players on the Springboks team receive an annual salary of between $26,446 (R500,000) and $528,937 (R10 million). Although details of his salary remain unknown, sources estimate his net worth to be estimated net worth is between $3 million and $5 million.

Santiago Carrera (r) of Argentina tackles South African Lukhanyo Am (l).
Santiago Carrera (r) of Argentina tackles South African Lukhanyo Am (l) during a test match at Jose Amalfitani Stadium on August 5, 2023, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by Marcelo Endelli.
Source: Getty Images

Final word

Lukhanyo Am is a prolific rugby union player with a successful club and international career. However, his absence from active play is a sore wound for fans and his teammates.

READ ALSO: How much do rugby players make? Find out what rugby players take home on average

Sports Brief published a report on rugby union players and their earnings. Athletes in various sports tend to be the most paid individuals with additional sources of income apart from their salaries, such as sponsorships and endorsements. Click on the link above to discover how much rugby players earn weekly, monthly and annually.

Ciku Njuguna photo
Ciku Njuguna
Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.
South African Rugby Union (SARU)Rugby World Cup