High hopes for aspiring rugby players

2019-11-05 06:00
From left are Claude Kayadai, Mark Fletcher, and Niyaam Alexandre.

From left are Claude Kayadai, Mark Fletcher, and Niyaam Alexandre.

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Kensington and Maitland communities may be raising their own rugby stars as two boys from the local Mark Fletcher Rugby Club recently played in national games.

Claude Kayadai of Maitland High and Niyaam Alexandre from Kensington High represented Western Province Rugby (WP) at the annual 2019 Iqhawe Week for u.15 boys.

The tournament took place at Paarl Gimnasium from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 September and was hosted in partnership with the South African Rugby Legends Association. It offered an opportunity for fresh rugby talent from different backgrounds across the country to showcase their skills.

To get the opportunity, the duo had played in the WP Rugby Vuka League Grassroot Development programme for boys u.15 and went on to play in the regional Legends Cup where their talent was spotted and they were selected for the WP Rugby u.15 team.

The boys say this was the greatest achievement for them, and hopefully the start of their fortune in sport. They both dream of becoming professional players.

Claude, a wing, has been playing rugby since Grade 3. He says: “I am grateful to have gotten this opportunity. It was an awesome experience to be part of a WP team.” He says he never expected that. “The way I felt when I stepped onto the field was as if I got chosen for the Springboks,” he says.

Niyaam plays lock, but regards and Bryan Habana, former Springbok wing as his role model.

Mark Fletcher has been coaching the boys for two years now and he applauds them for their good performance throughout the year. He says the club supports team members in all aspects of life, helping them to have a balanced lifestyle. This includes fitness, skills development, nutrition, and conditioning.

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