Rugby in his DNA

Baphiwe Fani – a promising rugby career awaits him

THABAZIMBI — The 17 year old Baphiwe Fani grew up in Onverwacht and went to Laerskool Bosveld Primary until Grade 7.
His rugby career started in Grade 3 when he played rugby just as an extra mural activity. His passion for the game grew to such an extent that he was offered a scholarship from Hoërskool Frikkie Meyer in Thabazimbi in his Grade 7 year.
As part of Hoërskool Frikkie Meyer’s first rugby team, they participated in the AJ Sports School Week tour in Mosselbay during the Easter Holiday earlier this year.
Baphiwe says it was a very competitive tournament, but he surprised his coach and team mates when he got chosen to be part of the invitational squad that was going to represent South Africa in France this year.
At the time of writing this article, Baphiwe was already in France. The tour started on 28 September until 7 October.
According to his aunt, Portia Mohlala, he hardly knows what being on holiday means because during school holidays he is always on rugby tours all over the country.
Baphiwe is his mother, Pinky Beleng’s, only child and she used to buy him all sorts of sporting equipment to keep him busy. She says he always had kids in the neighbourhood to enjoy his sporty life with. “He is a very respectful, humble and teachable child compared to other teenagers,” she says.
His future plans, other than planning to play professional rugby, include following in his parent’s footsteps and becoming a business man or entrepreneur.
According to Portia in the little time he has with his parents, he attends church and he coaches the kids in his neighbourhood, who aspire to be like him. And being a teenager, he obviously hangs out with his friends and plays TV games to unwind.

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