Guest columnist, Benedict Chanakira, caught up with promising Black Lion, Nyasha Tarusenga, a top quality loose forward who is fast gathering a roar and soon will be a house-hold name in South Africa.
How does it feel having been part of Craven Week 2013?
Craven Week 2013 was a great experience and I was honoured and blessed to have been part of it. Was a great feeling and I learnt a lot playing at that level.
Do you plan to make the SA Schools side this year?
Making SA Schools would be a great achievement but this year I’m just trying to better what I did last year.
What are your goals for the next 5 years?
I intend on getting signed somewhere this year and from there continue my studies. As part of those plans I’m looking at playing Varsity Cup and Vodacom Cup and possibly Super Rugby!
Who has been the most influencial person in your bright and promising career?
Definitely has to be my family and all the people who have helped support me and have made things happen for me.
Your brother was one of the most gifted lock forwards in Zimbabwe in 2009. Has he made an impression on your rugby?
My brother is the person who helped me realise that I love playing rugby and from then on he has taught me almost all I know. He still continues to teach me to this day.
Who is your favourite sports icon and why?
My favourite icon has to be Richie McCaw because, not only is he a great leader and a great rugby player but, he has great resilience and is friendly and caring towards his fans.
Do you harbour dreams to play for the Springboks one day?
One day I do hope to wear the green and gold.
What is your approach to big games?
I just ensure I don’t spike my sugar levels and no meat on game day. A couple of rugby tributes and visualizations and I’m good to go.
Gym is important nowadays as a rugby player. How dedicated are you?
Conditioning is very important for me as a player. I am always trying to be at my best and that includes a lot of work at the gym so I take it very seriously.
What are you aiming to study after school? Any scholarship offers?
As it is I am looking at studying Finance, but still a lot of options to go over and I have had an offer from the University of Free State.
Do you ever return to Zimbabwe?
I return home quite often and I usually spend my holidays there.
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