British national Liam Trinder speaks about his Rugby Gap Year adventure that took him from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern. Along with his global rugby ambitions!
My Rugby Gap Year - the Liam Trinder adventure
Tell us about your rugby career and ambitions? I had been playing for my local club Henley Hawks since I the age of seven. I was playing for the Senior 2nd team before I arrived at Stellenbosch Rugby Academy. Previously I have played for my county (provisional) team for two years from ages of 14 to 16.
So is your focus entirely about rugby - eat, drink, sleep and live rugby or have you found a balance? Balanced! When I’m not playing rugby, I like to stay relaxed as much as possible and chill with my friends.
In terms of a Gap year, did you ever imagine pursuing a rugby based Gap year? No I did not, I was thinking about travelling, when I received an email about Stellenbosch Rugby Academy. I thought I would do this, as I love rugby and would gain quality international experience.
Would you recommend this route to other individuals? Yes definitely, I have already spoken to a few people from England who are interested in coming across.
Any interesting or eventful happenings during the Gap year so far? I was part of the famous Maties First Year’s tournament in which we won the plate final played at the Danie Craven Stadium.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of the program? I want to be a Level 1 World Rugby coach having gained experience of playing rugby in a different country.
Find out more about a Rugby Gap Year at StellenboschRugbyAcademy.co.za.