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Whistling Wheels’ Augustus named u20 World Cup Player of the Tournament

Whistling Wheels’ Augustus named u20 World Cup Player of the Tournament

Junior Springbok No 8 Juarno Augustus was named the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament on Sunday as the curtain came down on the three-week tournament at a glittering function in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Augustus, affectionately known as “Trokkie” by his teammates, crossed the try line in each of the team’s five matches in the international spectacle to finish the tournament with a grand total of seven tries, the most by any player.

From humble beginnings, Augustus emerged as one of the standout players at the U20 World Cup in Georgia.

Although South Africa ultimately suffered semi-final heartbreak against England, Augustus nevertheless relished every moment of the tournament.

“This was the first time I am representing my country, so I was just trying to give my best and to play my heart out,” he said.

“It was very special to sing the national anthem for the first time in an international tournament; it was something I will never forget. I almost had tears in my eyes.”

“It is a surreal feeling to win this award. I didn’t think I would win it.

“It is an honor and privilege for me, and certainly a highlight in my career.

“I’d like to thank my teammates, coaches and the public who voted for me. I’d also like to thank my family for their unwavering support throughout my career. This is a very special moment.”

Augustus started his rugby career at the age of 12, running out in the colors of Whistling Wheels. The Eersterivier-based club isn’t one usually associated with producing International rugby players so they are unsurprisingly thrilled about having one of their own represent the Junior Boks.

Augustus, who started the tournament on a memorable note with three tries in the clashes against France and Georgia respectively, went from strength to strength throughout. He is keeping his feet on the ground and is determined to improve his game.

“Obviously I need to keep working really hard and I need to fix up the errors in my game. But if I give everything perhaps I will get the opportunity someday,” he said.

“Whistling Wheels can be very proud of this young man,” WP Amateur Rugby GM Danny Jones told Cape Rugby TV recently. “I’m sure the late Mr Classen will be smiling down at the achievements of his club.”

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