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  • Cal Smid ready to take on Wits leadership role after loss of Ngia Selengbe

    Despite getting their 2024 FNB Varsity Cup campaign off on a winning start against FNB UWC, FNB Wits suffered a huge loss with captain Ngia Selengbe being ruled out for the rest of the competition through injury. The leadership role has been taken over by loose forward Cal Smid who has donned the Witsies jersey for six years.  Cal brings an arsenal of experience, having already represented the Golden Lions and Tel Aviv Heat. Varsity Cup got the opportunity to catch up with the 24-year-old Smid, to chat about what the team wants to achieve in this year’s competition. What is Wits looking to accomplish this season? Wits is looking to win the Varsity Cup for the first time. How did you adapt to becoming captain, after the injury to Ngia? As one of the older heads, I brought the team in and said we have to win this game on behalf of our captain. We pulled together in a very positive manner to put together a big second half [against UWC]. What brand of rugby is Wits looking to play this season? Wits is looking to play an exciting brand of attacking rugby while being strict in our approach to the defense structures that are in place. How have the preparations been different in aiding the team in progressing further this time around? There has been assistance from different coaches in professional teams that have helped with forming a strong foundation to build upon. We have youth that is the driving force and that has created a healthy desire to work hard for one another. Any message you’d like to share with Wits supporters, especially about home games? We are an eager team and hungry to bring success to the university. All our home games are very important to us, in saying, your support as a 16th man on the field for us will help our team be successful. by S’fiso Nyawo

  • WSU captain Awonke Sondishe draws parallels between rugby and chess

    For a player who only started playing competitive rugby in high school, FNB WSU captain Awonke Sondishe has enjoyed a significant rise over the last couple of years. A product of Port Rex Technical High School in East London, Sondishe, a second-year sports management student at the Buffalo City Campus, was handed the captain’s armband in his very first year wearing the All Blacks jersey. He looks back fondly on where it all started for him. “I fell in love with rugby by watching the older guys in my neighbourhood playing touch rugby, which was very popular. With time they eventually allowed us to play with them and I remember being taught by one of the older guys how to spin pass a rugby ball and from then on I fell head over heels in love with the sport.” Sondishe can indeed be referred to as a journeyman in the backline, owing to the number of positions he has played - from wing to flyhalf, scrumhalf, full back, before eventually settling on the outside centre position. Being somewhat of a moving piece over the years, it’s hardly surprising that Sondishe draws parallels between rugby and chess. “I love how the game of rugby is played like a strategic chess game where every touch and every move is done to break through defensive lines, one wave of attack after the other. I just simply love the artistry, physicality and flair of the sport of rugby.” Following WSU’s bonus point win over FNB UKZN in the opening week of the 2024 Varsity Shield competition, the skipper reaffirmed his sentiments earlier during the capping ceremony that the team would make their mark this season. by Thando Cezula

  • Eagles captain Stephan Krugel has eyes set on Green and Gold

    The first goal for the newly elected FNB NWU Eagles captain Stephan Krugel is to make sure his team successfully defend the title they won in the 2023 FNB Varsity Cup competition. Then he is shooting for the ultimate – wearing the Green and Gold. He opened up about his goal to play for the Springboks, leading the team and other challenges in rugby. How did you get into rugby and which players have inspired you? It started in primary school when I was in grade 1. In the beginning, I was doing a lot of sports but rugby just kind of stuck with me and now my life revolves around it. There have been a few that have had an impact on me, someone like Pieter-Steph du Toit is a good example. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your rugby career so far? At the current moment, it’s academics because I’m studying for a degree that demands a lot, a BSc in Agriculture in Soil Science. Rugby is also demanding a lot so it’s about finding the balance between the two and giving everything to both of them. What is your goal in rugby? For this campaign, it is to go back-to-back in winning the Varsity Cup. And my long-term goal is to play for the Springboks. I don’t know what the journey is for me to get there but I know every player has a different journey to follow and different routes to get there. How do you feel about being the captain of the team? Karl-Heinz Bertram was supposed to be the captain team but he got injured in our last warm-up match. I feel like Coach Burger and the team trust me to take on the position. I’m excited about it and I have been a captain for a few teams before in my life so I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m also coming after Sampie and it is a huge shoes to fill because he’s a legend who was captain for many matches but I believe you should not compare yourself to other people because we bring different qualities. What kind of leadership skills do you bring to the team? I think I bring calmness in difficult situations, during heated moments I can stay calm and communicate well with the referee or my teammates which has a huge influence on how the game proceeds. I believe my communication skills can help the team as I also know how to be vocal and take the team forward. by Lesiba Dikhoba

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    14 hours ago 2 min Cal Smid ready to take on Wits leadership role after loss of Ngia Selengbe 2 days ago 1 min WSU captain Awonke Sondishe draws parallels between rugby and chess 2 days ago 2 min Eagles captain Stephan Krugel has eyes set on Green and Gold LATEST NEWS VIEW ALL VIEW ALL HIGHLIGHTS: FNB CPUT vs FNB Madibaz - 22 Feb 29 Feb 2024 Steers Tries of the Week - Varsity Cup Round 1 26 Feb 2024 HIGHLIGHTS: FNB UWC vs FNB Wits - 21 Feb 23 Feb 2024 LATEST VIDEOS VIEW ALL VIEW ALL ... ... ... ... ... .. Loading... We're stretching and warming up our servers. BACK Varsity Cup Varsity Shield Young Guns Varsity Cup Women Tickets Teams Fan Zone News Videos Photo Gallery About © 2023 Varsity Cup. All rights reserved | Privacy Policy Terms & Conditions |

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