SA Rugby magazine chats to the Dale College fullback.
FASSI ON …
PLAYING AT THIS YEAR’S KEARSNEY EASTER FESTIVAL
‘It was a really good festival; we played against three of the top teams and won two matches. Beating Framesby in our Eastern Cape derby was a highlight. Maritzburg College were a challenge at first because we are not used to playing them. But we told ourselves that every time they came at us we were going to graft and absorb the pressure. That led to them making mistakes and we were able to capitalise on them.’
BEING OFFERED A BURSARY by THE SHARKS ACADEMY FOR 2017
‘I was surprised to be named as one of the top three players at the Kearsney Easter Festival as there were so many teams and fullbacks. But when it sunk in, I felt honoured and proud because of the hard work I had put in this season. The plan is to move to Durban next year to join the Sharks Academy and complete my matric year there.’
PLAYING FOR BORDER AT THE U16 GRANT KHOMO WEEK IN 2014
‘It was a good experience representing Border at a big event like that. There are a lot of schools in the province and to be selected to compete against the best provincial teams at Grant Khomo was great.’
HIS GOALS FOR THIS YEAR
‘I want to do well academically and continue working hard at my rugby now that I’ve got the bursary from the Sharks Academy. I also play cricket, but I’ll focus more on my rugby career this year. I’m also aiming for Dale not to lose more than three of our 25 games this season. ’
FAVOURITE RUGBY PLAYERS
‘Israel Dagg is really good and plays the same game as I do at fullback. I also like Cheslin Kolbe. I think he’s totally underrated. He works hard in every game and takes every opportunity he gets.’
EIGHT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIM
– Born in King William’s Town.
– Attended Central Primary School in King William’s Town.
– Started playing rugby at 12.
– Is in Grade 11 at Dale College.
– Has two older brothers, two older sisters and one younger sister.
– Wants to study business management or IT.
– Also plays cricket for Dale.
– Favourite subjects are business, computer applications technology and history.
DALE 1st XV COACH GRANT GRIFFITHS
‘He’s a multi-talented player. He can kick, run and tackle. He’s got everything you need as a fullback – good hands, vision, timing and work rate. I think he could quite comfortably make the step up to the Sharks Academy. His future is in his hands. He’s put in the hard work during pre-season. He’s obviously still got a lot of work to do in terms of all-round improvement, but he’s got the discipline and the will to go further. We’ve got all the faith in him to make a success of it.’
Dream holiday destination?
‘Roll Up’ by Emtee.
Swimming, reading, chilling.
School: Dale College
Other teams: Border U16
11 – The number of points Fassi scored at the Kearsney Festival (a try and three conversions)
By Tyrone Engel