Experienced fullback Jarryd Buys will lead the new-look NMMU Madibaz on their road to the 2015 Varsity Cup, team management announced in Port Elizabeth this week.
Madibaz head coach David Maidza said Buys, who has been vice-captain for the past two years, was the ideal candidate, as he had strong personal integrity and a clear vision for his future.
“Jarryd’s understanding of and authority over people around him, whether they be his juniors or seniors, is of the highest repute,” said Maidza.
“I’m glad to have him return to NMMU for the Varsity Cup and he’ll prove worthy of his position in the team.”
He said the approachable 24-year-old marketing student brought a much-needed calmness to the side.
“Jarryd came back from an injury a couple of games into the tournament this year and the team immediately felt much more composed. He is well respected among his peers.”
Buys – who also captained the national student sevens side at the 2013 World University Games in Russia – said he was delighted to be stepping into the role vacated by front ranker Roy Godfrey, who has signed with French outfit Perpignan.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to the new season. It brings new challenges, new players and new management.
“We still don’t have that Varsity Cup trophy in our cabinet, so that’s keeping my hunger alive.”
With a completely new forward pack and a largely unchanged backline, Buys said the challenge would be to adapt the Madibaz game plan to suit the individuals on the field and get the best outcome for the team.
“There is a new line-up of seniors and big changes from last year, so it’s a chance to start afresh and also build on what we have achieved over the past couple of seasons.”
Formerly overlooked as underdogs, the Madibaz came within striking distance of the trophy in 2013 and 2014 but suffered a single-point semifinal loss on both occasions.
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