Tighthead prop from Wynberg Boys’ High to join Sharks in 2021
AWSUM caught up with Phillip Masango, tighthead prop from Wynberg Boys’ High 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? Honestly it is a wonderful feeling, especially since my parents, my school and the community of Sir Lowry’s Pass are really proud. I feel very humbled as well because this is an opportunity that many dream of and I am very fortunate to have been seen and acknowledged.
This is a difficult year for the Matrics of 2020, and even more so for the sportsmen and girls. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regard? I totally agree, my experience has been somewhat good seeing that our coaches were sending us daily training programs and my teachers were keeping me up to date with work that I had to cover during lockdown.
What influence did your school have on your rugby career? I can proudly say that my primary school, Somerset West Methodist Primary, my previous high school Hottentots Holland High and my current school played a massive role in shaping me into a rugby player as well as an overall student.
Who had the most influence on your rugby career thus far and why? Undoubtedly my parents, because without the endless support, patience and motivation, I wouldn’t be the man that I am today. I owe it all to them.
Who is your role model as a rugby player and why? My role model is Tendai Mtawarira aka The Beast, what inspired me is how he didn’t allow his background and circumstances to stop him from achieving his goals as well as his knack of wanting to be the hardest worker in the room.
What are you looking forward to the most now that you are a contracted player? I am looking forward to working hard and developing as a player and to make the most of my opportunity, and to hopefully play well enough to represent my country again in the U20 World Cup.
What is your opinion of the Sharks and why did you decide to sign with them? In my opinion I think the Sharks have the best academy in the country and they don’t shy away from giving juniors an opportunity to play senior competitions. Obviously they pay for my education next year as well, so I can play and get my degree, which is extremely important.
We wish you well for this journey ahead and hope that your dreams will come to reality.