The small town of Lutzville, situated near the West Coast of the Western Cape, is home to one of the most talented young scrumhalves CUT rugby has known, Frans Hugo.
He is built like a scrumhalf, he passes like a scrumhalf, runs like one and even talks like one. He is an exciting player, playing with a remarkable confidence, mature attitude and forceful ability, whether on attack or in defence.
This young Bana (FNB CUT Young Gun) exhibits his talents and versatility in more than one way. Besides being a valuable, key player in the Banas setup, he intends qualifying as a rugby referee in the Free State Rugby Union shortly.
“I love my rugby. In fact, I love all sport,” Hugo added.
When asked about how he experiences varsity rugby, compared to schools rugby, he immediately mentioned the toughness and tempo of play.
“The amount of hard work and preparation is a lifestyle, requiring full commitment and unequaled devotion. To say we need to work extremely hard is an understatement,” he said.
“But the rewards are even greater. The feeling of accomplishment exceeds any input challenge and the mutual respect among team members makes every success worth the sweat,” he added with a broad smile.
Perhaps the greatest description of his style of play and exhibition of skills on the field, is noting who his heroes in rugby are.
“I respect players like Fourie du Preez and Sonny-Bill Williams. If I can match their abilities, spirit and achievements, I will be more than happy,” he said.
Young Hugo wants to succeed in his studies too. A student in mechanical engineering, he is committed to achieve the highest honours in his academics to support his superb sporting achievements.
“I would dearly love to be selected for the Cheetahs U19’s this year, but I am taking my game one step at a time,” Hugo stated.
When it comes to talent, commitment and motivation, this young halfback is certainly heading for much higher honours.
Whether it is as player, referee or future rugby coach, one thing is certain:
Frans Hugo will achieve more goals than most other players. Take note of this young man; one day you will know exactly why.
By Carel Korff