Fast enough to become a Springbok? The story of Seabelo Senatla.
What worrying event ended up enhancing the life of South African rugby player SEABELO SENATLA? The blisteringly fast winger, awarded the World Rugby Sevens Player of 2016 and now also playing 15-man rugby for South Africa’s Western Province and the Stormers, told KATY MACDONALD.
Seabelo was born and grew up in Welkom, a small town in South Africa’s Free State. He’s the middle child of a police officer father and a teacher-turned-educationalist mother. Seabelo has notched up 200 tries in sevens rugby faster than anyone else in the world.
Seabelo is well known on the 7’s circuit having signed his first contract to play for the “Blitzbokke” (the South African sevens team’s nickname) in 2013. However, he is not as well known in the world of 15 a side rugby. His aim is to play for South Africa at 15’s and he is signed to the Stormers in Super Rugby.
In 7’s Seabelo has already won a gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and gold in the World Games in Cali in 2013. Seabelo was part of the 7’s team at the 2016 Olympics and was on fire until he fractured his wrist in the quarter finals. The team went on to win bronze but Seabelo’s medal was awarded to Francois Hougaard, his replacement. In true rugby style Hougaard gave his medal to Seabelo and said that he deserved it more. Rugby respect right there.
Despite being young he has achieved a lot and he even has an 8-year-old son called Omphile which means God given. Seabelo is still only 25 and we hope to see more of him, maybe in a Springboks jersey?
The full and very interesting article by Thislife Online magazine can be read at https://www.thislifeonline.co.za/blitzbok-seabelo-senatla/
Born – Welkom, South Africa.
Height – 176cm.
Weight – 79kg.
Position – Wing.
Club – Stormers and the South African “Blitzbokke” 7’s team.
Club caps – 19 (Stormers).
SA caps – 193 (Blitzbokke).