College matrics to play for the Kings

2014-10-07 00:00

TWO Maritzburg College matrics first XV rugby players have landed contracts at EP Kings and will be heading to Port Elizabeth next year to join the union.

Masikane Mazwi (hooker) and Hayden Tharratt (blindside flank) have been prominent players in College’s first XV for the past two years and represented KwaZulu-Natal in the Academy A side this year.

College first team coach Ryan Strudwick, who is also involved in coaching the Sharks U19 side, said both players had been outstanding for the school in recent years.

“Hayden was voted player of the season and he really is great. I tried to keep him here, but unfortunately the Kings got there first. He will definitely be one to watch in the future,” the coach said.

“Mazwi is a really good hooker, strong and robust. He also has a bright future and I am sure the thought of being closer to home was a lure to them both. KwaZulu-Natal is unlucky to lose them,” Strudwick said.

The coach also said both could be involved with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in the Varsity Cup tournament – another reason to head to Port Elizabeth.

Tharratt hails from East London and the move is his home-coming.

“The Kings approached me and since I wasn’t going anywhere else I decided to go for it. They are an upcoming union, so it’s a great opportunity for me to work my way through the ranks,” Tharratt said.

“I am not disappointed to leave ... I’m keen to go to a new place and will be a lot happier closer to home,” he said.

Mazwi also calls Eastern Province home and is excited to move closer to his family. Originally schooled at DPHS in Durban, he made his way to College for high school.

“The Kings contacted me through [Strudwick] a little while ago. I am happy I’ve got the opportunity. They are still growing so I’m excited to be a part of that,” he said.

“One of the top things is the potential to play for NMMU in the Varsity Cup,” he added.

Although he did not get an opportunity at the Sharks, Mazwi is not sad to leave the province and will remember school career with fond memories.

“Being at College has been great. It’s a top school and I will miss it,” he said.

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