Cape Town – Friendships and creating memories have been the highlights of Ruaan Lerm’s career spanning three years and 49 matches so far at the Southern Kings.
The 27-year-old No 8 is on the verge of playing in his 50th match for the Port Elizabeth-based side, having joined the team in their 2017 Super Rugby season.
In 2017 he played in only seven matches in the side’s final season of Super Rugby before going on to make PRO14 appearances since the Kings joined the prominent European championship.
Reflecting on his colourful career which has seen him grow, both as a player and individual, over the years, “Lerries”, as he is affectionately known by his peers, looks back with fondness on what he has achieved.
Chief among the album of memories are the friendships formed – particularly the “brotherhood” that continues to this day with Springboks World Cup-winning winger, Makazole Mapimpi.
“One of the memories close to my heart – and to this day people still ask about it – is the relationship that I have with Makazole Mapimpi,” reflected Lerm with a smile.
“His English and my English at that stage was not very good. Every break during training or on tour we would sit next to each other and he would speak isiXhosa and I would speak Afrikaans even though we would not fully understand each other.
“Up until today we call