Our senior and school age athletes have enjoyed another season of progress in 2019, on and off the rugby field.
This campaign has seen our youngsters compete at Springbok, Blitzbok, SA Schools, Craven Week and Academy Week level.
Not bad going for young people that started their rugby journey with us on a patch of land in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, in 2014.
Of that group, Lamla Nunu has this month been called up to the SA Rugby Elite Development squad at Under 17 level alongside Lukhanyo ‘Boepa’ Vokozela.
Our prop forward, placed on a scholarship at Rondebosch Boys’ High School in Cape Town, has been flying the Connect flag at a week-long training camp.
Western Province selection for Connect trio
Another three Connect athletes – Ridhau Bey, Akha Mjawule and Ilitha ‘Mister’ Ntinini – have been selected for the Western Province High Performance squad.
A fourth Connect youngster, Aya Machuli, also made it through to the final round of the trial process.
They will train together throughout October with an eye on the U16 Grant Khomo Week competition in 2020.
The three represented Western Province at the U13 Craven Week in 2017, with Akha and Mister going on to become national rugby sevens champions.
Akha and Mister are placed on scholarships at SACS school in Cape Town, with Ridhau continuing his development at Wynberg Boys’ High School.
Even the Springboks are calling
Our school-age athletes are following the example set by our leading senior athlete, Sesethu Mtshazi, who has continued her progress with selection for the Springbok Women’s side.
Sese was capped for the first time ahead of last week’s Test match against Spain, before being called up for the two-match series against Scotland in Cape Town.
Find out all the details and where you can support our 21-year-old centre right here.
Help our athletes rise through rugby
We’re always in need of sponsors and donors to support our work in providing consistent access to quality resources and opportunities for young South Africans.
If you or your company can help, we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch. Connect is a registered non-profit company and can issue a Section 18(A) certificate for South African donations.
You can also donate from the UK right here, with Gift Aid applicable to all donations.