Kyd comes good on rugby field again

2008-07-15 00:00

MIDLANDS Rugby Academy student Blake Kyd has been included in the KZN U21 training squad.

This achievement by a player from the midlands is becoming an increasingly rare occurrence and should give notice that quality players from this region will not necessarily be ignored by the powers that be.

Kyd, a loosehead prop and captain of the Midlands U20A rugby team, which plays in the Frank Norris Cup, was also a member of the KZN U19 training squad last year.

Having come from a very modest background as a schoolboy player at Maritzburg College, Kyd is a prime example of a young man who only came into his own on leaving secondary education. It has long been suspected — and there are examples out there in SA rugby to back this up — that there are more than just a few youngsters who develop later than their peers, yet are lost to the game for one reason or another.

Playing no higher than the fourth team at Maritzburg College, the following year, his first at the academy, saw Kyd selected for the KZN U18A Academy team.

His rise over three years from the U18 Academy A team to the KZN U19 squad and now the U21 group is testimony to “two years of really hard training”, said academy head coach Steve Botha.

“If Blake does not make the final cut, he has also been included in the Natal Junior Clubs team, along with fellow MRA student Sisa Songxaba, who are going to Messina for the Northern Region Country Districts tournament at the end of the month,” Botha said.

“This is a massive achievement for the Midlands Rugby Academy, which is still a very young institution when compared to others, to have produced two players of this calibre.”

Having watched Kyd in action over the last three seasons, it has been immediately apparent that this exceptionally humble young man is not one to mess with on the rugby field.

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