Lincoln Wishes Casper (18) is anxious to get his rugby career going, possibly with a premier class team such as the Sharks RFU who have invited him to their academy. However the young man cannot go as he sits out the Covid-19 storm at home in Prieska.
Lincloln said during an interview with the DFA that he never really played much rugby at school. But strangely enough he started out as early as grade seven at RD Williams Primêre Skool in his home town Prieska.
“During that early start I broke a leg off the rugby pitch and could as a result not get game time as I was laid low for the rest of the year.
When I made it to grade 8 at Prieska Hoërskool I played my first rugby trials in De Aar where I qualified to play in my first Wildeklawer Schools Rugby tournament in the Under-13 category.”
The following year Casper took part in the Under-14 trials and was selected to the Pixley Ka Seme Under-15 team which was part of the Griqualand West rugby circuit. “I made the first team but played as a reserve,” he said.
Come 2019 Casper was lucky to be spotted by a rugby scout for the Durban-based Sharks team. This was during youth games at the evergreen Craven Rugby Week which was held at Bloemfontein’s Grey College.
“A rugby scout came up to me after the matches and chatted to me for a while. After that I soon received mail in my inbox. The gist of the mail was to invite me to a stint at the Sharks academy in the new year.”
Casper said the expanded detail of the intended trial contract with the Sharks depended on him being observed playing at more games during the current season which unceremoniously came to an end thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Had the season continued as planned this would have had an impact on the extent of the intended scope of the bursary that the Sharks team would have afforded him, he said.
However, with the Covid-19 storm in full swing taking up the offer directly was not possible as he is now twiddling his thumbs along with the rest of the country who are waiting for the pandemic to blow over.
However, Casper said he was still hopeful that he would eventually make it to the Sharks academy after the pandemic.