Congratulations to our athletes Lukhanyo ‘Boepa’ Vokozela (pictured above, left) and Lamla Nunu (right), who have been selected by Western Province for the 2019 Craven Week and Academy Week competitions.
Our front row pair will travel to Grey College, Bloemfontein to play on the national stage throughout the first week of July.
Boepa will play in the Craven Week side with Lamla selected in the Academy Week team – not bad going for their first year of senior rugby.
Both have attended Rondebosch Boys’ High School since being awarded scholarships in 2018, just three years after picking up a rugby ball for the first time.
They stepped up to make their First VX debut earlier this year at Cape Town’s Newlands Stadium.
Boepa has already featured at national level, representing Western Province at U16 Grant Khomo Week in 2018 before being selected for a South African rugby elite development camp.
Development on and off the field
Boepa and Lamla are just two of our athletes beginning to emerge after several years in our academy.
As with our other young adults and school-age players, we are committed to providing the best access to quality resources and opportunities we can to help them unlock their full potential, as people and as sportsmen.
Scholarships at leading rugby schools are just one way of helping this development, with many of our young athletes still attending schools in their home communities.
We have also begun our first post-school apprentice programme at our training base, Burgundy High Performance Centre in Cape Town.
There our athletes continue to target a place in professional sport, while developing as rounded, employable young adults in the wider world.
And it’s not just the boys.
Our leading senior athlete, Sesethu Mtshazi, is nearing the start of her second Currie Cup campaign with Western Province Women after representing the Lady Blitzboks and taking part in a 40-woman Springbok training camp earlier in 2019.
Help our athletes rise through rugby
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