At 21 years old, Israeli national scrum half Omer Levinson has added “professional rugby player” to his CV by signing with the Tel Aviv Heat for the 2021-2022 season of the Rugby Europe Super Cup.
Levinson broke into the senior club ranks at the tender age of 17 and shortly thereafter earned his first cap as a substitute half back, when Israel played against Gibraltar in a warm-up match for the European season.
Levinson made the most of that debut performance, breaking the line and setting up a try with his second touch of the ball. After the match, the referee made a point of commenting to Israel National Coach, Kevin Musikanth, that the substitute scrum half had something special.
To provide the best possible development path, Musikanth placed Levinson on his “Bridges Through Rugby” program where Levinson got to spend two seasons in South Africa, harnessing his talent and skill in a season as a scrum half and centre for a star studded WITS u21A team in JHB and another season with Frankie Horne at SAS Academy.
At SAS, Omer earned a slot on the highly competitive SAS Academy team, putting him up against experienced international talent from Kenya, Zimbabwe and the Blitzboks, during his season.
Omer has represented his country at all age groups, has been on multiple Israeli club championship teams, and has been a key member of both the National 15’s team and the Olympic 7’s project.
Levinson now gets his shot at professional rugby with the Tel Aviv Heat as he rubs shoulders with more experienced international players who have committed to The Tel Aviv Heat.
Omer Levinson on signing for the Tel Aviv Heat:
“To be part of Tel Aviv Heat is a great step up for me. Being a kid playing rugby in Israel I could only dream to play in a professional team and even more exciting that it's happening in Israel! . My goals are to be a legitimate part of the squad and work with the high profile players who are coming to the team and gain experience at these levels so I can use it as a stepping stone for my career….”
Frankie Horne on Omer Levinson:
“Omer is a player that is made up of 90% heart and commitment. I have had the privilege to see him grow over a span of two years and I am really looking forward to seeing him strut his stuff with the Tel Aviv Heat…”