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Know your Griquas player Junior Banda


The DFA is giving the readers a little insight into what makes the young men tick who are representing Griquas this season. This week Danie van der Lith speaks to Junior Banda. Picture: Louis Botha.

Picture: Louis Botha

Junior Banda

24 years old, born in Johannesburg

plays at tighthead prop

Previous team: CUT

What sports do you enjoy apart from rugby: Ice skating

The one person that inspired you: Interesting fact. I came from a small school where rugby wasn’t competitive as I started playing rugby 2016 in Grade 11 second team. I only experienced rugby in varsity which was way different and competitive. I always believed in myself and try to motivate myself because of where I came from and what I’ve been through, I’ve always wanted better for myself and the only way was working hard specially when people looked down on me it motivated me even further.

Your biggest rugby hero: Tendai Mtawarira

Your biggest sporting hero outside of rugby: Cristiano Ronaldo

Favourite movie: 42

What type of music do you enjoy: Alternative pop, Afrobeats and Hillsongs

If you could pick your top three favourite songs, what would they be: Eminem – Not afraid, Meek Mill – Never Lose, Eminem – Lose Yourself

Droëwors? Biltong? Chillibites?: Biltong

Water – still or sparkling: Still water

Favourite drill in the gym or at practice: Shoulder press, Bench press and Ball carrying into contact

Least favourite exercise: Core and bear crawl

One day, after rugby … what are your plans: Opening my own logistics company

Is there a quote you think can motivate today’s youth: All work is easy work, I can and I will. When things get tough it’s a matter of reminding myself that I just need a breather before I go again anything you set you mind to, you can achieve. When you put in the hard work everything shall fall into place and never settle for less and never be comfortable always work hard

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