I had the privilege of chatting to Sharks XV flyer Kieran Goss ahead of the new season to hear what is happening behind the scenes in preparation for a very long rugby season.
Kieran started off by telling me about where he grew up: “I was born in Cape Town into a sports oriented family, where rugby and cricket were the main interests. I started off at Durbanville Primary after which Rob Louw, a family friend, suggested I attend Wynberg, where I got a sports bursary. I was more interested in cricket than rugby, and played a lot more cricket back in the day. I went for rugby trials in my matric year and got into Academy Week, whereafter I was selected to play for the SA Academy side at Craven Week.”
On his decision to go the rugby route instead of cricket: “After I made Craven Week I knew rugby was for me. I was supposed to attend cricket trials a few weeks after Craven Week, and I didn’t go, as I knew my future lay in rugby. At Craven Week I mostly played fullback, with a bit of flyhalf as well.”
Kieran explained how the Sharks became his team: “I never made the WP Craven Week team, I played for the SA Academy team, and my agent suggested the Sharks as the lifestyle is similar to that in Cape Town. I am very happy that I came to Sharks. I moved to Durban at the beginning of last year after being offered a two-year junior contract. The accommodation is great and the people here are so welcoming”
“My first taste of rugby started early in January with Collegians where I played for the Under 20A team. It was here where I decided to move to wing as a result of the strong backline. I played with Cobus Reinach, Willie du Plessis, Mandla Dube, Heimar Williams and Gouws Prinsloo in that team, so I had to move to wing or sit on the bench.” Of course, I had to find out whether Kieran has the one attribute vital in a wing that nobody can coach – raw pace. It turns out that he runs the benchmark 100m in 10.8 seconds, which is certainly up more than adequate for an outside back!
On working with coach Sean Everitt: “It’s amazing working with him, he is such a down to earth guy, and the team as a whole believe in him and his methods. It took a while for the U19 Sharks team to grow as a team, but as soon as we clicked, we won matches. The semi final loss against the Bulls was a tough game, I felt we were unlucky not to come away with the win. We worked really hard in the second half of the season to overcome the bad start we had, so it was a good season.”
Kieran was included in the Vodacom Cup squad for the Sharks XV 2011: “It was a nice surprise to be included in the team. I am currently injured, but I will be ready when the season kicks off. I have a problem with my knees from my quads pulling the muscle from my bone, so a few weeks rest is all I need. My goal is to play Vodacom Cup rugby, make the first team at Collegians and then to make the Sharks U21 squad.”
Thank you Kieran for your time and for giving us some insight into the junior ranks. We would like to wish you the best of luck for the season ahead! Thanks also for Richard for his help in putting this article together.Tweet