Eulon Redciffe joined the TAG Foundation team this year after attending King Edward VII School on one of the other scholarship programmes since grade 10.
He is a very good rugby player and has his sights firmly set on the 1st team flyhalf position this year after playing in the seconds, and winning six Reds caps in 2018.
“I think I have a very good chance of making it,” he said. “I had a goal-kicking success rate of close to 80% last year and I’m in the Golden Lions High Performance squad, but I’m not taking anything for granted and will be working hard.”
His preparations took a knock when he contracted chicken pox and had to miss school for two weeks.“I’m back now,” he said, “but I’m not allowed to do full training yet. And there is all that missed school work to catch up, so it’s been challenging but I’m going to give it a full go.”
What has helped, he said is that he is in Buxton House where focusing on school work is easier and where help is at hand if he needs it.
“I’ve been a solid 60% student all along, but my aim this year is to push my average up to 70%,” he said. “That won’t be easy, I know, but I am already getting extra lessons in Physics and Maths and I think it is achievable.
While he realises the importance of school work, rugby is very much top of mind right now. “I played at the Grant Khomo Week for Free State before coming here and I would love to play for the Lions at the Craven or Academy Week. But that’s still far away. First I have to make the Reds, I think we are going to have a good side and I want to contribute to its success. Then, we’ll see.”
We wouldn’t bet against him.