OLLIE KEOHANE looks at the tighthead prop from King Edward VII School.
GLADE ON …
HOW HE STARTED PLAYING RUGBY
‘In Grade 1 my deputy head principal encouraged me to start playing rugby, but I didn’t take it seriously. My mom didn’t even allow me to play rugby then, and now she is my biggest supporter. My love for the game has developed over the past few years.’
HIS FONDEST MEMORY OF SCHOOLS RUGBY
‘I was playing for KES U16 against Maritzburg. We were behind in the last minute and had a penalty. We had the choice to go for posts or take a quick tap. We opted to play quickly, and with some fierce carrying went on to score and win the game.’
THE RUGBY PLAYER WHO INSPIRES HIM
‘All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina has a huge work rate around the field. He isn’t just a good scrummager; he possesses great skills for a front rower.’
BALANCING ACADEMICS AND SPORT
‘I don’t consider myself the brightest, but I pride myself on hard work. Whenever I have the time to study I make the most of it, often working late into the night after rugby practice. I’m hoping to remain consistent with my academics this year and live up to the standards I’ve set myself, having earned full academic colours.’
HIS GOALS FOR 2017
‘I’m aiming to better myself this year as a player and really get enjoyment out of the game, and then the accolades will follow. I’m hoping to continue the hard work in the class and on the field and show consistency in my academics.’
PLAYING IN THE 2016 CRAVEN WEEK ‘FINAL’
‘It was a huge privilege to play in the final, and although we lost, we lost to a good team with quality players. Our team had a great spirit and that’s what allowed us to play a part in a breathtaking final.’
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIM
– Grew up in Johannesburg.
– Attended Constantia Kloof Primary.
– Played loosehead prop before moving to tighthead.
– Has academic colours.
– Currently in matric.
– Father also played prop.
– Eldest of two children.
– Wants to study accountancy.
KES 1st XV COACH MZIWAKHE NKOSI
‘Keagan made the move to tighthead [from loosehead] last year with great success. For a Grade 11 to be selected in the Lions Craven Week side and SA Schools A was testimony to the hard work he put in. He learned some tough lessons against quality opposition in the U19 international series, which will no doubt stand him in good stead for the coming season. As far as this year is concerned, he’s going to be a vital cog for our team in terms of providing quality set-piece ball. From a leadership point of view, he’s a smart chap, so the team will also lean on his intellect. If he continues to apply himself and put in the hard work that has got him this far, he will make it hard for the selectors to leave him out of the Lions Craven Week and SA Schools teams.’
Position: Tighthead prop
School: King Edward VII School
Other teams: Golden Lions U16, U18; SA Schools A
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