Saturday 1 October 2016

The Baby Bok who is planning to use Limerick World Se7ens as a springboard for bigger things

Ben Baker

Published 17/08/2015 | 16:10

Thabo Mabuza
Thabo Mabuza

Thabo Mabuza insists he is determined to put himself on the map at this week’s Limerick World Club Se7ens.

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As starts to a first class career go, you will be hard tasked to find one better than what Mabuza enjoyed last year with the Golden Lions.

Mabuza started the opening match of the 2014 Vodacom Cup against the Leopards in Potchefstroom back in March and with his side trailing 16-3 shortly before the hour mark his two tries in a four-minute spell helped the Golden Lions secure an 18-16 win.

A further three starts and two substitute appearances followed as the Golden Lions made it all the way to the final before losing to Griquas, Mabuza also featuring in the showpiece.

But at 21 years old the flanker is keen to progress even further and after a taste of life with the South Africa Under-20s he is keen to become a fully-fledged senior Springbok.

And he sees the Limerick World Club Se7ens – taking place at Thomond Park over August 21 and 22 – as the ideal platform to prove he is ready to do exactly that.

“I am really looking forward to the Limerick World Club Se7ens and for me it is really important that I perform well,” he said.

“I have just played a few minutes of rugby with the Baby Boks but for me I want to be playing in the senior team so I have to show what I can do.

“And that is what I will be looking to do over in Ireland so I will give my all and hopefully people will see me playing well and give me a chance.

“If I can show that I am a great sevens player that will open the door to other chances and that is my aim.

“But it would be very special to win it too and that is the ultimate aim, and hopefully I can help do that.”

And Mabuza has bad news for the Golden Lions’ Limerick World Club Se7ens rivals, insisting that while they have started later than they would have liked they are already showing signs of clicking.

“We have only been together for about a week but already we are understanding each other and we are in a great place ahead of Ireland,” he added.

“We already look like we have been together as a team for about a month which is great for us.

“We are understanding the coach’s calls and how each other play and that is looking good for when we get to Limerick.”

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