Ernst Stapelberg was recently named Best U19 Player of the year. We caught up with this supremely talented youngster.
Congrats on being named Best U19 player of the year. What goodies did you get?
Thank you . I got a trophy with my name on it along with all the previous winners.
What is your secret recipe for your success so far?
Hard work and a lot of support from my parents.
Who do you room with at the WPRI in Stellenbosch?
Ruan Du Preez our lock.
Who gets the guys revved up at half time in the changing room?
No one really we always have a split between forwards and backs where the coaches do most of the talking.
Which competition and against whom, would be your dream match to play in?
Everybody would say for the Springboks against the All Blacks but that is still a long climb up the ladder for me . I really want to play a Super Rugby game in the Stormers jersey against the Crusaders at Newlands because I really feel if I work hard enough I can achieve that goal.
Being a feisty redhead must have it’s advantages doesn’t it?
Haha yes it has . It’s always easy to see the redhead do something well but its also easy to see when you do something stupid.
Do you have any rituals before a game?
I must play with a clean pair of boots so I always wash them before a match.
What song is playing on your iPod right now?
Alone together (Krewella Remix)
Can you send us the third picture on your phone no matter what it is?
Our program for the final week at the institute, sorry not a photo.
Congrats on the Currie Cup win!!
Thanks. WP all the way!!