Former FNB NWU flyhalf making a name for himself in Australia

FNB Varsity Cup

DP de Lange, reserve flyhalf for FNB NWU during the 2018 season, is taking his rugby to the next level in Brisbane.

After his parents moved to Australia a year ago, De Lange says that making the decision to move and be able to spend more time with them was an easy one after he was not offered the same bursary from FNB NWU. After arriving in South Australia, De Lange sent his CV to the coach of GPS (also known as the Jeeps) rugby, where he is currently contracted, and shortly after he packed his stuff and moved to Brisbane.

Having only been in Australia for a few months, he says his highlight so far has been meeting good people and experiencing Australian culture. He enjoys experiencing new environments and being out of his comfort zone. From a rugby perspective, De Lange says that he and his club won the Australian Club Championship which was a big victory for the club.

With regards to his Varsity Cup experience, having only been a part of the squad for a year, De Lange says it was a great experience which allowed him to make friends for life. Although he would have loved to play more games for FNB NWU, he said, “I loved working with coach Andre Pretorius and he made me a better player.”

Having struggled to get game time, he says that it was difficult for him not to be named in the squad week in and week out, but he kept going and training hard as well as trying to stay positive. His advice for anybody in a similar position would be to “Stay positive and keep working hard towards your goal and dream and learn as much as you can. Your opportunity may not come around this year, but it will eventually and you have to be ready to take it.”