The Cell C Sharks is already benefitting from their decision to invest in their homegrown talent. 2019 has seen the emergence of a host of young homegrown talented players. Several players gained SuperSport Rugby Challenge, Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup experience, earning their debuts at the highest level of local rugby.
Phepsi Buthelezi, hailing from DHS, is an example of a player who stepped up. He made his senior debut in Vodacom Super Rugby before featuring in all seven Currie Cup matches during the campaign.
Others to feature in Vodacom Super Rugby for the first time included Fezo Mbatha (Maritzburg College), Kerron van Vuuren and JJ van der Mescht (Glenwood High School) and Dylan Richardson (Kearsney College).
More recently, Sanele Nohamba, Buthelezi’s team-mate at DHS, also featured in seven Currie Cup matches. A number of them off the bench before getting an opportunity to start and then earning the Man of the Match award for his first two starts in the number nine jersey.
These youngsters have all enjoyed opportunities at the highest level and received the backing of their coach and the franchise. The valuable experience gained in 2018 and 2019, can only benefit them and add to the firepower available to the Cell C Sharks in 2020 and beyond.