Port Elizabeth – Former Junior Springbok wing Luther Obi is enjoying life on and off the field at the EP Kings.
The Kings made an impressive swoop as they recruited talented wings Obi and Sylvain Mahuza from the Leopards in February. Both speedsters are making an impressive rise through the South African rugby ranks, and are both touted to make a good impact at higher levels in the near future.
The duo made their debut for the EP Kings during the 13-8 win over a Golden Lions XV in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.
While Obi picked up a rib injury during the first half which will keep him sidelined for a few weeks, he enjoyed his first outing for his new team.
“Life’s really good at the Kings. There’s plenty of excitement around and good energy among the players,” Obi told MyPlayers.co.za.
“We picked up a good win over a tough Lions side, who tested us. It was a great first run-out ahead of a tough Vodacom Cup opener against Griquas next weekend.
“The Vodacom Cup is a tournament the team is really focusing on this season, so we’re hoping to start with a strong performance. The warm-up game has given us the chance to put our preparations into practice.”
Obi, who excelled for the SA Under-20s in 2013, believes he can fulfil his potential on and off the field at the Kings.
“I want to be a Springbok ahead of the 2019 World Cup. I believe I can achieve this at the Kings as they have all the necessary elements to help me continue my progress and development,” said Obi.
“Within the squad, I find myself surrounded by talented and experienced players. I can turn to a guy like Ronnie Cooke, who has played at top levels in South Africa and Europe for advice, which is great. Carlos Spencer and Mzwandile Stick are also two good coaches who have already had an influence on me, although I’ve only been around for several weeks.
“Carlos has already helped me improve my skill levels as I now place extra focus on the finer details in my game. Mzwandile has had a similar impact as he gets this EP backline running well. He’s a young coach, but he’s already made his mark on the senior squad.
“Off the field, I will continue my LLB Law degree through UNISA next semester. That’s something I’m very serious about. My mother has always reiterated the fact that sportsmen need to be stimulated on and off the field if they want to perform at their best. I’m very passionate about law, which I hope to make my career after rugby.”
The Kings will use 2015 to prepare for their Super Rugby comeback next year, when the tournament expands to 18 teams.
“The promise of Super Rugby in 2016 is very exciting. It’s very important to the players and people in this region, and we want to make sure we are well prepared when we compete next season,” said Obi.
“But right now, we’re focused on the Vodacom Cup. We have certain goals we want to achieve, and I hope to make my individual contribution during the season.”
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