Loose forward from Maritzburg College to join Sharks in 2021
AWSUM caught up with Siya Ningiza, loose forward from Maritzburg College to talk about his contract at the Sharks.
Firstly, congratulations with your signing at the Sharks. How does it feel to be seen and acknowledge for your talents? The mere fact that my talent was acknowledged is truly a blessing and it proves to show that all the hard work I had put in has finally paid off. The faith that spectators in my games have put in me shows that they too believe I can play rugby on a bigger scale.
This is a difficult year for the Matrics of 2020, and even more so for the sportsmen and girls. Can you describe your personal experience and feelings in this regards? 2020 indeed didn’t turn out to be the year we all expected. Most matric sportsmen and women really needed 2020 to take off their sporting careers. The premature ending of the 2020 rugby season has prevented me from accomplishing some of my goals, i.e playing in Craven Week and SA schools. With the guidance and support of my mentors, I have decided to see 2020 as a chance to train harder and be mentally ready for 2021 where I will be joining the Sharks.
What influence did your school have on your rugby career? Maritzburg College had a substantial impact on my schoolboy rugby career as they took me from a lower ranked school Port Rex Technical High School and provided me with fantastic facilities which helped me grow as a player. By me merging in very well in the type of rugby that’s played in College, allowed me to play a free spirited game and I guess that’s what caught the eyes of the Sharks.
Who had the most influence on your rugby career thus far and why? This wouldn’t have been possible without Mr Mazwi’s confidence in me. As the sport’s recruiter for Maritzburg College, Mr Mazwi granted me an opportunity to play for a bigger school which opened a lot of doors for me.
Who is your role model as a rugby player and why? My role model is Sonny Bill Williams as he is the reason behind the way I play, which consists of continuous rugby and crazy offloads. Some have said I am a backline player trapped in a forwards body.
What are you looking forward to the most now that you are a contracted player? As a contracted player I am eagerly awaiting the chance to play with elite players like Celimpilo Gumede, Dylan Richardson and the Buthelezi’s.
What is your opinion of the Sharks and why did you sign with them? I see the Sharks as one of the best unions in SA as they play rugby amazingly. I decided to join the Sharks because I believe my talent would be a great asset to their team.
We wish you well for this journey ahead and hope that your dreams will come reality.