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Monday, 03 August 2009 00:03

SA Schools Rugby Captain

So Craven Week has come to an end. The SA Schools Side is now firmly penned down and despite the witherto's and the whyfor's made by many, we at SA Schools Sports have no doubt that all these boys will do our country proud.They say that football is a game watched by hooligans but played by gentlemen, while rugby is a game played by hooligans and watched by gentlemen.

Clearly they were not talking about this young man who's talents reach far beyond the rugby field. That being said, what a pleasure it was to experience the crisp distribution and stylish halfback play which Pieter Rademan brought to the Craven Week experience.

Listening to this young man one immediately gets the impression that we could very well be talking to a future Springbok captain! With the maturity with which the young man conducts himself as well as his leadership pedigree, it comes as no surprise that he has been selected as the captain of the SA Schools side.

"I have always had fairly good leaderships schools right from my primary school days when I was Headboy and now at Grey College I am Vice Headboy and rugby captain so it is a role that I have experience in and one that I enjoy.

The road to the top though has not always been easy, as Rademan himself will testify. The talent and competition alone at Craven Week for the SA Schools scrumhalf berth was incredibly fierce, surely a brilliant position for a rugby mad nation to be in.

"Last year I played in the Craven Week at Pretoria and when I compare the two I have attend this year was far tougher. I really think the general standard of rugby was higher this year and there were better players out there on the park. There was a lot of competition for the scrumhalf position and especially from Rick Schroeder who also plays scrumhalf and is very good but now that I am selected I have to do the job."

But, lest we forget, this is no ordinary teenager. For someone to be selected to lead 15 men in green and gold jerseys they require something far greater than talent alone. They need drive, ambition, the willingness to do things that others look over, and this pertains not only to the rugby field but beyond as well.

"Looking back I would attribute my success to having guts! Guts, coaching, talent and hard work. Hopefully next year I can get into medical school here in Bloemfontein, that will work out well for me because I have got a contract with the Cheetahs so if I get into the medical school here I will study and play in the Free State."

Photographs courtesy of Coca Cola

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