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Maubane Selected for SA U/18 Sevens Squad at Youth Olympics

Ofentse Maubane, a matric learner from Curro Heuwelkruin in Polokwane has tackled his way forward to secure success in being selected for the South African U/18 Sevens rugby squad that will participate in the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires between 7-14 October 2018.

“Being chosen to represent Team South Africa at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games has been a whirlwind ride,” notes Maubane. To get the team geared for the tournament, the squad will be convening for a rigorous training camp between 21-23 September at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.

Racking up achievements on the rugby scoreboard, Maubane has a strong history of accolades that are setting him up for grand success. In 2017, he captained the U/17 Sevens Limpopo team and was selected for the U/17 SA Sevens team, while also making the cut for the U/18 15-man Limpopo Craven Week team. Earlier this year, he was selected for the SA U/18 Sevens squad participating in the Windhoek International 7’s Tournament which took place in March.

It was in primary school that Maubane discovered the game of tackles and scrums, and immediately fell in love with the sport. It was during this period that his talent raised a few interested eyebrows. Fast-track a few years on, Maubane began testing his skills in the seven-man rugby game and from there, started to make a name for himself. “Watching Ofentse’s nifty sidestepping, solid defense and dynamite pace on the field is something we look forward to during every training session. It’s seldom that you come across such incredible young talent,” boasts Curro Heuwelkruin rugby coaches, André Hay and Eben Lingenfelder.

With a blossoming Sevens rugby career ahead, the star sweeper and second receiver is excited to see what sporting doors will open for him in the future. “My ultimate goal? To join the Springbok Sevens Academy and grow my career from there. Playing alongside the likes of Cheslin Kolbe, Branco du Preez, Seabelo Senatla, and Rosko Specman would be a dream come true,” he concludes.

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