David Wessels readily admits he was no great shakes as a rugby player.
But an undying love for the game has been the driving force behind his becoming one of the youngest franchise coaches in world rugby.
The 33-year-old former St Stithians schoolboy was recently appointed as Western Force head coach in what has been a rapid rise after a chance meeting with Springbok World Cupwinning mentor Jake White.
“I was genuinely terrible as a player,” Wessels said in Perth, Australia.
“I played for the fifth and sixth team at school – they called us the ‘ice-breakers’ because our job was to clear the frost off the field in the early morning before the main guys arrived. And we always lost.
“But there was something I loved about rugby – that you had to put yourself in harm’s way for your mates, and you expected them to do the same for you.”
Realising he was never going to be a great player, Wessels stayed involved in the sport as much as possible.