Born and bred in the deep rural villages of the Eastern Cape, and playing in his fourth season now, one must salute a rugby talent when his abilities meet his academic brilliance.
Born in former Transkei, in a village called Tsomo, standing at a towering 191cm tall and having played four seasons for the FNB UFH Blues, Philisane Khangelani Ncoko, aged 23, has truly become a motivator for the young players to come through the rugby systems in around the Alice community.
He already has a BSC in Agriculture, in animal production sciences, and is currently doing his Masters in Agriculture in Animal Science. During all this hard work of studying he has showed the same hard work and appreciation for his rugby. Having played for Border Rugby U19 and U21 sides, he later became a regular for the FNB UFH Blues.
The tall no.5 lock is very passionate and committed to taking his rugby to greater heights while not leaving his education behind. Around the players he is known as Wesley Snipes but he idolises Liam Messam.
“I have grown and matured to find a balance between my school and my rugby, both offer me growth opportunities and different lessons that will ultimately make me a better person,” said Philisane Ncoko. “The opportunities that academic life and rugby life offer, have made me grow extremely fond of the two.”
This is where Varsity Shield plays its role, ensuring that players have a life after rugby, and this is yet another testimony that Varsity Shield is rugby that rocks.
By Kgoboko Kgoboko