Former Eastern Province Craven Week and SA Schools prop Lupumlo Mguca has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to finish his studies at the renowned Burnside High School in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Mguca, a former pupil of Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Uitenhage, will be leaving for New Zealand later this week on a scholarship, provided by the SA Rugby EP Kings Academy and funded through the generous sponsorship of BLG Logistics, along with support from the EP Rugby Union.
On his arrival in New Zealand, the 17-year-old will complete four of his matric subjects while taking part in an extensive rugby programme offered through the school.
He will then return next year, when he will complete his matric in line with the Kings Academy Programme.
“I am thrilled at being given this chance. It is really an opportunity of a lifetime and I am going to use it well,” Mguca said yesterday. He said he was leaving Port Elizabeth to start his long journey to New Zealand on Saturday and was looking forward to it.
“I am nervous, but I also feel very excited. This is going to be great,” Mguca said.
Burnside is the largest secondary school on the south island of New Zealand.
It is a co-ed school with an established reputation for academic excellence, with 2 600 registered pupils including many from more than 45 different countries.
Academy manager Robbi Kempson said Mguca would be placed in a Homestay programme, which involves exchange students being placed with a local family while in New Zealand, and that Mguca would be placed with the school’s first team coach’s family.
“This is a great opportunity for him, No other school in New Zealand offers such a full programme to develop their students’ rugby abilities.”
– Lulamile Feni