NMMU wing Yaw Penxe is determined to do his job to the best of his ability when he turns out for the Junior Springboks in the U20 World Championship in Georgia this month.
The 20-year-old B.Comm student, who made his Super Rugby debut this year, said he understood his role in the team and was looking forward to adding a sharp edge to the team’s attacking structure.
“I’m just looking to do my job extremely well, especially finishing off movements.”
Penxe said he was lapping up the experience of being involved with the national squad.
“It’s been a lovely experience thus far and it just gets better by the day, honestly.”
The Junior Boks completed their match preparations for the world champs starting on May 31 with a solid performance against the Varsity Cup Dream Team, defeating them 50-19 in Stellenbosch recently.
The Madibaz player, who grew up in Queenstown and attended Queen’s primary and high schools, said he was honoured with his selection.
“It really is a privilege to represent your country,” said the second-year B.Comm student. “I was just very happy when I heard and the excitement for the journey ahead sank in immediately.”
Penxe has been playing rugby since he could run and said his earliest memory of the game was “diving over the line to score my first try, only to end up getting winded”.
He added that one of the highlights of his career was scoring a try for the Southern Kings on his Super Rugby debut against the Lions.