Sharksworld was fortunate enough to have a chat to Paul Jordaan as he studies for his last few matric exams and trains hard for what should prove to be a very exciting year for the young man.
Paul grew up on a farm near Craddock in the Eastern Cape and went to Primary school in the area before following in his father’s steps by attending Grey College in Bloemfontein.
Paul has the fantastic opportunity of joining the Springbok sevens squad for the first part of 2011 until the time the Currie Cup starts. Paul is a centre who can also play flyhalf and says he will probably be used as a flyhalf for the sevens squad. He feels his strengths include accelerating through gaps (he tells me he did 30M in 3.62 seconds when doing athletics training) as well as stealing the ball in the tackle which would both be useful skills on the sevens circuit. Paul does feel that he needs to work on his fitness and his time with the Springbok squad will no doubt help him a lot with that.
Paul signed for the Sharks academy at the end of 2009 after having received bigger offers from other unions. Paul said that his dad took him to the Sharks Academy and he felt that was the place he wanted to go to. He says he felt the same about his decision to go to Grey College. “I can’t really explain why, but I got a feeling in my heart that this was the place for me”. In the professional era where players are offered big contracts to make their living playing rugby and invariably take the best financial offer, it is refreshing and encouraging to see a young man turning down bigger offers to join a union where he feels he will be happy.
Paul strikes me as being a humble and hard working young man. He says he enjoys hunting and especially bowhunting on the farm but also spends a lot of time training because he enjoys it. With the positive and hard working attitude that Paul will bring to the Sharks next year after benefitting from a good few months with Paul Treu and his sevens squad, one can only think that Paul Jordaan has a big future in Durban with the Sharks.
Paul, thanks for your time and all the best for the future and we are all looking forward to seeing you in Sharks colours before long.Tweet