Hillcrest High coach - ‘resilient’

2017-08-22 06:00
Hillcrest rugby coach, Dusty Noble (plain red T-shirt) and his team.Photo: Supplied

Hillcrest rugby coach, Dusty Noble (plain red T-shirt) and his team.Photo: Supplied

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HILLCREST High School’s rugby coach Dusty Noble has always loved sport. From the age of six he used to stand on the sidelines of the field watching his dad play.
He then too, played rugby at primary school.

He says the highlight of his playing sports career was when he made his debut for the Sharks at the 2005 Currie Cup vs SWD Eagles. 

“That was followed by me making my Springbok Sevens Rugby debut in 2006 in Dubai where we went on to win the tournament. In 2008, I moved to Johannesburg to play for the Lions where I had some of my fondest rugby memories,” he said.

Noble said he had many role models who groomed him to be the person he is today.  
“My dad has always been my role model on and off the rugby field. If I should pick a rugby player it was Jonah­ Lomu, he dominated rugby like no one has since and like no one ever will.”

Describing himself as resilient, Nobel said he took on the coaching role at Hillcrest High in August 2014 and said the team stands for brotherhood and family. 

“This year, we won the Gelofte Night Series for the first time beating Port Natal in the final.
“This year was also very special for our boys because we played 22 games winning 20. The highlight of the season was winning Derby Day vs Kloof.

He says those who think rugby is a rough sport and are afraid to try it out should “give it a shot”.

“Rugby is one of the only sports where there is a place for everyone - whether you are tall, short, fast or slow you can join our lovely game. 

“Rugby has taken big strides when it comes to player safety and has even changed some of the laws of the game to make if safe for players of all ages to play.
“It is fun as well as keeping you energetic and healthy.”

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