When Alulutho Tshakweni returned to Port Elizabeth last November his plan was to get his studies underway at the Nelson Mandela University and in between enjoy a bit of rugby “for fun”.
After ending his short-term stint with the Blue Bulls’ under-21 side, the 20-year-old had just about buried his dream of becoming a professional rugby player.
Little did he know that Lady Luck would send some fortune his way and he will be playing in his seventh Guinness PRO14 match for the Isuzu Southern Kings when they take on defending champions, Leinster Rugby, tonight.
“When I came back to Port Elizabeth towards the end of last year, I never imagined that I would be here, playing Guinness PRO14 rugby. I came back with the intension of focusing on my studies and playing rugby for fun. Everything happened so quickly, and when things started happening I knew I would not look back, but would grab the opportunity with both hands,” Tshakweni reflected.
If things had happened differently, Tshakweni, who is currently the youngest player in the Isuzu Southern Kings squad, would have probably turned out for NMU Madibaz in their Varsity Shield (a second-tier South African universities competition) when they took on Walter Sisulu University in an Eastern Cape derby last night. Instead, the former Junior Springbok