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“I am extremely grateful and proud of myself for what I have accomplished so far, and all the glory and honor goes to God, because without Him I would not have achieved what I have achieved today.”

This was stated by Cruzz Davey, a Year 10 student at Paarl Boys' High who was recently selected to join the SA Schools' Rugby team.

He has proven he is a talented rugby player. Cruzz began the current rugby season playing for his school's U-19 C team before being unexpectedly selected for the SA school team, his mother Charnré Davey said.

“During the entire match against Oakdale Agricultural School, Cruzz played a full game. He came on as a substitute for the U-19B team and as a substitute for the U-19A team. A total of three games in one day! The school then went on tour with the A and B rugby teams to the Noord Suid tournament.

“There, Cruzz played for the B team. After Noord-Suid, he accompanied the U-19 teams to the Wilde Klawer tournament, where he started for the A team against Durban Boys' High. After Wilde Klawer, he was selected for the school's U-19A team. Soon after, Cruzz was invited to the U-18 WP trials, where he made it to the U-18 WP Craven Week 2024. With hard work and dedication, he was selected for the 2024 SA Schools Team.”

Davey said she was “thrilled” with her son’s achievements.

“It is every parent's dream to see their children succeed in life! I could never have imagined this in my wildest dreams. I teach my children that not everyone can be a winner, but everyone can strive to do their best. It's not about winning, it's about having fun doing what you do. Cruzz loves his sport with all his heart. He comes from a family that loves rugby. Cruzz inherited rugby from his father. His two older brothers are also excellent rugby players.”

According to the star himself, he has always loved playing rugby.

“I always enjoyed watching my brother play and watching some of my club rugby matches on Saturday mornings and afternoons. That's how I fell in love with the game.”

He attributes his success to his coaches and everyone who has contributed to his rugby.

“I also thank my parents who are always there for me and support me no matter where I go. My family who supports me all the way and also for my God-given talent.”

Davey said she reminds her son every day to do what he wants and work hard for it. “I see it as my duty to always motivate Cruzz and say positive words to him. He literally lives for rugby! I believe Cruzz will be successful in the future and I am very proud of his achievements so far. Hard work pays off. Cruzz can be supported and encouraged by everyone but he is the one who needs to be disciplined and with a positive attitude he can reach greater heights.”

The 17-year-old said he was looking forward to representing his country. “I'm also looking forward to developing and growing as a rugby player. I want to give everything for my team and my country. I also want to gain experiences and create memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

“I see myself playing for the Springboks one day and leaving a legacy so that people remember what I did for the green and gold jersey.”

Cruzz said a quote he lives by is, “Talent may get you in the door, but hard work keeps you in the room.”

“I just want to tell people who have lost hope or feel like they are not good enough that they can achieve anything they want if they work hard and trust in God's plan and time.”

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