Ayabulela Machuli

Relentless in putting his body on the line, unselfish with ball in hand and fearless when it comes to the physical side of rugby, Aya possesses a character and resolve that can take him a long way, far beyond the confines of a sports field.

All of which makes him a perfect fit for the Daily Maverick, who became Aya’s personal sponsor in November 2017. The R15 000 annual contribution from South Africa’s leading independent news site will go towards Aya’s continued development.

This has never been more important, since he has been awarded a full scholarship to attend SACS High School in Cape Town from January 2018.

Technically, he has a superb tackle technique that belies his modest size. Beyond that, he has made a name for himself within Connect Sports Academy’s high performance system with his power and strike running.

Aya has been living in our Khayelitsha clubhouse on a part-time basis, as well as at home with his family, to enhance his nutrition and academics ahead of his transition to high school in 2018.

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