GLENWOOD CONTINUES TO PRODUCE COMPETENT RUGBY PLAYERS
By: Sandile Lukhozi
Glenwood High School’s tight-head prop and grade 12 pupil, Khuthazani Mchunu, continues to grab public attention with his outstanding rugby and academic performances.
Described by his coach Michael Vowles, as a determined and hardworking individual, Mchunu said that his life has transformed tremendously after his switch from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
Mchunu said growing up in Pietermaritzburg, rugby was always his interest and Sharks was his favorite club with Bismarck du Plessis a rugby player he looked up to for inspiration.
The 18-year-old recalls the selection to represent his province of KwaZulu-Natal at this years’ Coca-Cola Craven Week tournament as the highlight of his rugby career so far.
“Even though we never won the tournament, but representing my province with pride and dedication was a great experience for me and we as a team gave our best shot,” Mchunu said.
The hard tackling prop whose weight is 114 kg, was also one of five recipients’ who won a bursary at the annual Kearsney College rugby festival, in April this year to join the Sharks
institute in 2016. This lured him a contract from Pro-sport International.
Mchunu said that he has never doubted that he was in the right sport.
“Rugby is a sport that I dominated at an early age, it is something that I enjoyed because I played so well in it. It was an easy decision for me to choose rugby over other sports,” said Mchunu.
He said that his physical appearance was the reason for him to be slotted at tight head prop, a position which he feels has made him a more physical individual and at the same time
encountering some long term injuries.
“Few months ago I had an injury in the shoulder and I was ruled out for 8 weeks,” Mchunu added.
Vowles, described Mchunu as an individual who is a dominant force on the field play as well as in the classroom.
“Khuta is an outstanding example of what a Glenwood high school pupil should be. He is an A- learner with an 85% average per term. His mature outlook of life allows him to balance his
responsibilities with ease,” Vowles said.
Mchunu revealed that he is certain of choosing rugby next year, over being a surgeon.