Lock from St Charles College to join Sharks in 2021
AWSUM caught up with Andrew Beyrooti, lock from St Charles 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 acknowledged for your talents? It is very overwhelming. I have received so much support over the past few days from everyone. It’s special especially because I never even considered that this will happen. Even though I was doing quite well with my rugby, I did not think I would receive a professional contract.
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? It is slightly disheartening, knowing that we have been waiting for our matric year, as a grade, for so long for it to come down to this. While academically I have not been too affected because of online lessons, we as a grade, are missing our sport seasons. The biggest disappointment is missing our winter sport season. Having gone up through the age groups and seeing the potential that our rugby team could have brought to our school’s first team, it is a shame that we did not get to play our rugby season. I know matrics around the country all feeling a similar way about something that they are missing out on. However, I know my grade have been staying very positive about the situation and we have been in good spirits these two weeks of school we have had so far.
What influence did your school have on your rugby career? St Charles has had such a massive impact on my rugby career. I would not be the player I am without St Charles. I was granted the opportunity to come to St Charles for sport and it is definitely the best school for me. St Charles has developed me into the player I am today. The coaches are amongst the best in SA and coach us with passion. I still have a lot to learn as a player, but I would never have got this far if I were not at St Charles. I am grateful for every opportunity that St Charles has granted me on and off the rugby field.
Who had the most influence on your rugby career thus far and why? Braam Van Straaten. In my grade 9 year, Braam came to St Charles as our head of rugby. He has such a passion for rugby or, “gees,” as he would call it and that translated to us as players. He is also such a genuine person and has so much respect for everyone. He is such a good coach because of his seemingly unlimited knowledge of the game. He changed the way I think about rugby and our whole team held very high respect for him. He taught me things that I know have been an advantage in my game and things I know I will never forget in the future, on and off the rugby field.
Who is your role model as a rugby player and why? I do not think that I can name one role model specifically. I was always in awe of the Springboks squad from the 2007 World Cup and onwards and I had posters of the Springboks teams on my wall. Thinking about it now, I do not think that I could choose one person individually, so without trying to sound too cliché I will say that the Springboks were my role models.
What are you looking forward to the most now that you are a contracted player? As a contracted player I am looking forward to being at the Sharks. I am excited to experience the professional rugby lifestyle of eating, sleeping and breathing rugby as well as experiencing life outside of school. Being at one of the biggest rugby brands in South Africa is quite intimidating but I am excited for the challenge of it all.
What is your opinion about the Sharks and why did you to decide to sign with them? Growing up in KZN I have always supported the Sharks. I have watched many games at Kings Park and have so many great memories involving the Sharks. So, when they offered me the contract it was pretty much a no brainer to accept because I have supported them my whole life.
We wish you well for this journey ahead and hope that your dreams come to reality.