Rhyno Smith uses lockdown to add further string to his educational bow

Former FNB NWU fullback Rhyno Smith, has used the hiatus in sport due to the Coronavirus pandemic to further upskill himself.

Smith, who played for NWU between 2013-16 (Including Varsity 7s in 2013) before going on to feature for the Springbok Sevens team, is contracted to the Cheetahs who play in the currently-suspended PRO14 competition.

In a recent interview with fscheetahs.co.za, the 27-year-old revealed how he has been using lockdown to focus on off-the-field goals.

“My wife is a graphic designer so she is working from home, and I am in my first year of studying Law through Unisa (the University of South Africa), so we train or go for a walk in the mornings, have breakfast and then we retreat to our work stations until lunch time.”

DID YOU KNOW? In 2018, Smith graduated from North-West University with a BCom in Human Resource Management

As with many married couples, especially where one is a professional sports star less used to the normalities of home life, Smith has had to learn to ‘muck’ in.

“We also had to navigate our way around who has to cook and clean, so things are going well now.”

The multi-skilled Smith, the FNB Varsity Cup Overall Player that Rocks in 2016 and 2016 champion (who kicked the match-winning conversion against FNB Maties!), was the leading try-scorer the 2019-20 season – with 10 five-pointers – when the season was put on hold. However, he admitted that lockdown came at a good time for him.

WATCH THIS: How Smith and his FNB NWU teammates dramatically claimed the 2016 FNB Varsity Cup title

“I have been able to complete all my assignments and get through a fair bit of studying in the last few weeks, so it worked out well in that regard,” he said.

“My exams were postponed until the end of May to mid-June, so that is coming up in the next few weeks, and fortunately it is online, so I have been hard at work in terms of my studies.”

Quotes courtesy fscheetahs.co.za