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EP Kings’ Penxe relishes opportunity for SA U20 extended squad call-up

By Marc Jacobson - Dec 20, 2016
EP Kings’ Penxe relishes opportunity for SA U20 extended squad call-up

Young Eastern Province Kings winger, Yaw Penxe, has recently been chosen to join the South Africa Under-20 Junior Springbok’s squad in preparation for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, held in Tbilisi, Georgia, next year.

Penxe is relinquishing this call-up as an opportunity to imprint his mark as a future rugby prospect for the country, particularly having recently been involved with the Southern Kings Super Squad, where he has gained plenty of pre-season training experience – both on and off the field.

The 19-year-old former Queens College pupil, however, has been chosen to be a part of the extended Under-20 squad of approximately 80 players, before the selection of the preliminary squad gets underway. Penxe, is nonetheless excited at the opportunity for being to the least, involved in a national set-up.

“This is my first time that I am involved with a national squad, and I am therefore learning a lot and look forward to gaining as much as I can from the national coaching staff,” Penxe said in a media statement.

After having an impressive stint the last year with the EP Kings at both Under-19 level and in the 2016 Currie Cup qualifiers, Penxe admitted that hard work had envisaged the recognition for a Junior Springbok call-up.

“It really means a lot to me to be part of the extended squad. This is something I have been working towards and it has taken a lot of hard work. If I were to be selected in the final squad, it would mean a lot to me. It is every player’s dream to wear the green and gold. It is something I think about,” Penxe added.

As a stepping stone, Penxe expressed that representing his country initially at a junior level would preside as an integral learning and development process, for his rugby moving forward – with hopes to don senior Springbok selection one day.

“This would be an opportunity to gain great exposure and motivate me even further to work harder to one day wear the green and gold of the senior national team,” he concluded.

At school levels, Penxe played two consecutive years at the well-renowned Coca-Cola Craven Week, first for Border Country Districts and second for Border, before joining the EP Kings Academy the year after matriculation. He currently acclaims three caps for the open EP Kings side. 

Image: Yaw Penxe in action for the EP Kings against Western Province in the Currie Cup qualifiers.