Discover the captivating biography of Jesse Kriel the rugby athlete

Discover the captivating biography of Jesse Kriel the rugby athlete

Grace Waruguru
February 21, 2024 at 2:25 PM

Jesse Kriel is a South African National Rugby Union player representing the Springboks and the Canon Eagles. He has participated in two victorious Rugby World Cups and has emerged as one of the fastest-rising rugby players in the country.

Jesse Kriel of Canon Eagles
Jesse Kriel is a South African rugby player who plays for the Springboks and the Canon Eagles. Photo: @jessekriel15 (Modified by author)
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South Africa's Jesse Kriel likely got his sports-loving genes from his great-grandfather, a former professional rugby player. He started playing as a young boy and has built an impressive career. Keep reading and find out Kriel's biography and life story.

Jesse Kriel's profile and bio summary

Full name

Jesse André Kriel


30 years old (As of 2024)

Date of birth

February 15th, 1994

Place of birth

Cape Town, South Africa


South African


Angela Linda Diana Hodgson


Dan Kriel, Matthew Kriel

Relationship status



Hope-Natalie Anne Mortimer





Hair colour

Dark brown

Eye colour



Maritzburg College, University of Pretoria


Professional rugby player


Utility back, centre, wing, full back

Social media

Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram

How old is Jesse Kriel?

The Springboks rugby player Jesse Kriel (aged 30 years old in 2024) was born on February 15th, 1994, in Cape Town, South Africa. His height is listed as 1.86 metres, and his weight 95kg.

Jesse Kriel in September 2023
Jesse Kriel of South Africa poses for a portrait during the South Africa Rugby World Cup 2023 Squad photocall on September 02, 2023, in Toulon, France. Photo: Alex Livesey (Modified by author)
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Jesse Kriel's family

The rugby fullback is the son of Angela Linda Diana Hodgson, but the details of his father remain a mystery. The player grew up alongside two siblings, Matthew Kriel and Jesse Kriel's twin brother, Dan Kriel. Dan is also a professional rugby player.

Kriel's maternal grandfather, John Hodgson, was a renowned rugby player who represented England and won seven caps. Additionally, he made 15 appearances for the British & Irish Lions in the 1930s and was Lion No. 265. In 2020, Kriel's family received Hodgson's Lions cap and is likely the only one left. While responding to the gesture, Jesse said,

I’d always heard from my gran, who was married to his son, that he was a big guy and a really hard man from the stories that I heard – playing in the forwards as a big strong guy.
Jesse Kriel in October 2023
Jesse Kriel runs through drills during a South Africa training session at Stade Omnisport Croissy on October 14, 2023, in Croissy-sur-Seine, France. Photo: Chris Hyde (Modified by author)
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Is Jesse Kriel married?

Who is Jesse Kriel's wife? Netizens are eager to peek into Jesse Kriel's love life. The rugby centre is in a relationship with Hope-Natalie Anne Mortimer, a South African national born on October 31st, 1994. The couple started dating in 2018.

In June 2020, during their two-year anniversary, Kriel described the two years as the best of his life through an Instagram post. The post read:

A million times over. I will always choose you. Two of the best years!


Kriel spent his youth career with the Sharks (2012) and the Blue Bulls from 2013 to 2015. His stay with the Sharks earned him a spot at the Under-18 Craven Week tournament, which included him in the South African Schools Side in 2012.

Jesse Kriel in Paris, France
Jesse Kriel looks on during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Gold Final match between New Zealand on October 28, 2023, in Paris, France. Photo: Paul Harding (Modified by author)
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Jesse Kriel and his brother joined the Bulls in 2013. Jesse joined the Under-20 team for the IRB Junior World Championship, replacing Sergeal Petersen, who suffered an injury. He was a substitute in the matches against England, France, and the United States and made his first start of the competition in a game against New Zealand.

Jesse attained 42 points for the team and helped the Bulls win the under-19 Provincial Championship Competition in 2013. He also appeared thrice for the Under-21 side. Additionally, he played for South Africa's Under-20 side at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship and was one of the two vice-captains for the tournament.

The athlete continued his senior career with the Bulls until 2019. He joined the Springboks in 2015, becoming Springbok number 867. He was part of the World Cup crew that won the trophy in 2019 and 2023. In the same year, he joined the Japanese club NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricane until 2016.

Jesse's current team is the Japanese franchise Canon Eagles, which he joined in 2020. He has made over 50 appearances as of February 2024. In 2021, the 30-year-old was named in South Africa's 46-man squad for the British and Irish Lions Tour.

Jesse Kriel in October 2023
Jesse Kriel celebrates following the Springbok's victory during the Rugby World Cup Final match against New Zealand on October 28, 2023. Photo: Julian Finney (Modified by author)
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Jesse Kriel's workout routine

Besides his impeccable rugby skills, Jesse is a fitness enthusiast who regularly shares his routine on social media. During his days at the university, he would sneak out and work out in the school's gym, even at night. He frequently runs and lifts weights. Jesse Kriel's diet also plays a significant role in his fitness. According to, Kriel's meals include chicken, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and healthy supplements.

Jesse Kriel's net worth

Jesse Kriel has built a stable financial base primarily from his professional career. According to Surprise Sports, Kriel is worth between $1 and $3 million. His earnings constitute his club salary, investments, and sponsorship deals. He earns an estimated £600,000 per year.

Jesse Kriel in October 2023
Jesse Kriel during the Captain's Run ahead of their Rugby World Cup France 2023 match against England at Stade de France on October 20, 2023, in Paris, France. Photo: Chris Hyde (Modified by author)
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Jesse Kriel on Instagram

The South African player has an impressive online following. Jesse has over 287k Instagram followers (As of February 2024). On X(Twitter), Jesse has over 38k followers. His Facebook fan page has over 46k followers.

Final word

Jesse Kriel is known for his versatility and swiftness on the pitch, regardless of his role. The World Cup winner continues to fly high in the Japanese club and will continue thriving even in his home team.

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Grace has over 4 years of experience in article writing and digital media content creation for various local and global brands. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication (Public Relations) from Daystar University, Kenya.