Bok in the making

2014-02-25 00:00

MARITZBURG College got their first glimpse of their new star in Xolisa Guma when they demolished Greytown High School in the Voortrekker Night Series last week.

The 17-year-old winger scored two tries as College ran away with a 35-0 win and staff at school yesterday, including headmaster Chris Luman, stopped to congratulate him on his achievement and wish him well for the season ahead.

Guma was spotted playing for Boland at last year’s Grant Khomo Under-16 Week by the Blue Bulls who recommended him to College coach Ryan Strudwick.

The Capetonian was a pupil at Swartland High School in the Cape, and had already been selected for the South African Under-16 team.

“I’ve also made SA U18 Sevens squad for the Youth Olympics later this year,” Xolisa told The Witness yesterday.

Speaking of his first game for the College first team, the religious winger said, “It was a really humbling experience putting on the College jersey for the first time. I had some tears in my eyes and I’d like to thank God for giving me this chance.”

His favourite player is Cheetahs flyer Raymond Rhule, a player he models his game around.

And, which team does he support?

“I’m from Cape Town, so I’m a Province supporter. But, I’m enjoying watching the Sharks do well. I also like the Bulls,” he said. It was after all the Bulls who recommended him to College.

Xolisa was just under 11 years old when he started playing rugby, but at that time, he just played for the enjoyment of the game.

“It was in under-13 when I found out I had been blessed with this talent, and that’s when I started working hard,” he said.

For 2014, his goal will be to cement his place in the College first team and try to get into the KZN Craven Week team. “For now, I’d like to focus on my school work and relationship with God,” he said.

“One day I’d like to play at the highest level, definitely Super Rugby. It’s every young boy’s dream to one day play for their country.”

Xolisa is enthusiastic about the year ahead, and feels he and his team-mates are putting in the required hard yards on the training field.

“The team are looking great for the year. The boys are working hard. With the talent that we have, and the work that we put in, I think we’re going to have a good season. No. I don’t think, I know we’re going to have a good season,” he said.

NAME: Xolisa Guma

AGE: 17

HEIGHT: 1,84 m

SCHOOL: Maritzburg College


HONOURS: Boland U16 (Coca Cola Grant Khomo Under-16 Week), South Africa U16, South Africa U18 Sevens squad

AMBITION: To one day play for the Springboks.

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