Local Israeli Talent – 22 year old Yotam Shulman signs for the Tel Aviv Heat
Updated: Sep 2, 2021
At 195cm and 110 kg, Yotam Shulman has all the physical attributes to make an impact any time he sets foot on a rugby pitch. A popular ball-carrying lock with silky skills, Shulman gets his first professional opportunity with The Tel Aviv Heat squad.
Shulman is relishing the opportunity to be in a professional system, having worked hard in his development pathway over the last 4 years, starting in Israeli club rugby, then in France as an 18 year old playing for Bourg en Bresse u23’s, and then later in South Africa for two seasons.
He returned from France a more mature and physically ready player in 2018 and as a 19-year-old received his first International Test Cap for the Israeli National Team. Yotam has turned out for his country in every test match since, progressing from a substitute into a starting lock.
Building on the experience gained from international test matches, Yotam played a season for WITS u21 in Johannesburg, and further developed his rugby abilities under the guidance of Ernst Joubert at the SAS 15’s academy in Stellenbosch (Cape Town)
Shulman on signing with the Tel Aviv Heat:
“For me to be a part of Tel Aviv Heat squad is a big step for my goals. I’m excited to meet all the international players, learn from their experience and better myself. I cannot wait to start squad training soon. I think that to play with the professional players in The Tel Aviv Heat will allow me to test myself against experienced forwards and help me grow as a professional. This is a huge step for Israeli rugby and I am privileged to be part of it. I plan to give 100% at all times…”
Kevin Musikanth on Shulman:
"Yotam is one of the young players that has really invested in his game. I picked him as a 19-year-old middle rower, for his first test in 2018. These are generally the dark places where far more mature players are found. Yotam has pushed himself and spent time overseas in South Africa and France and I am thrilled to have him in our squad. At 22 he is still very young for a lock and I look forward to him developing further as he rubs shoulders with more experienced middle rowers within the squad. He has all the attributes to go all the way in the game…”
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