Fullback from HTS Middelburg to join NWU Puk Rugby Institute in 2021
AWSUM caught up with Cyle Visagie, fullback from HTS Middelburg to talk about his contract at the NWU Puk Rugby Institute.
Firstly, congratulations with your signings at the NWU Puk Rugby Institute. How does it feel to be seen and acknowledge for your talents? It is a great honor for me to have been recognised and acknowledged and to know that people see my potential. Not many boys get the opportunity to further their rugby careers. So I feel really honored and thankful.
This is a difficult year for the Matrics of 2020, and even more so for the sport men and girls. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regards? 2020 was the year I set many goals for myself, especially regarding rugby. One of my main goals was to make the SA Schools team this year. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic hit hard and there’s nothing we can do about it, besides keep on working and don’t stop believing in our dreams. Yes, this is a year we lost but it’s important to not just see the negative but the positive side as well – we have much more time to work on improving ourselves, not just on the field, but also with the people near to us and most importantly our relationship with God.
What influence did your school have on your rugby career? My school played a huge role in my ambitions of becoming a professional rugby player and is one of the biggest influences on my school rugby career. They have given me many opportunities and were the reason I could go out and live my dream.
Who had the most influence on your rugby career thus far and why? First and foremost my family, who always encouraged, supported and motivated me. As well as people from my community who have the talent but due to the wrong choices, their rugby careers came to an end. Their stories motivated me to stay focused on what I want to achieve one day.
Who is your role model as a rugby player and why? Cheslin Kolbe. He proved to people that no matter what your length or size is, if you continue to believe in yourself and work hard, the results will show.
What are you looking forward to the most now that you are a contracted player? Nothing much, because it’s not going to change who I am. But I’d say the fact that I am a contracted player now, I have to work ten times harder in order for me to achieve much more and achieve my long-term goals.
What is your opinion of Pukke and why did you decide to sign with them? One of my short-term goals was always to study after school, and this particular university was the one I always dreamed of playing for. So I’d say this is something I always wanted and when it came my way, I knew what decision I had to make.
We wish you well for this journey ahead and hope that your dreams will come to reality.