By: Benedict Chanakira
Courtnall Skosan was a sensation this year with the Emirates Lions and played some great games from his franchise. He played for the Blue Bulls at Under–19 and Under–21 level, earning a call-up to the S.A. Under-20 team for the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship. He graduated to the senior team, making his debut for the Blue Bulls in the 2011 Vodacom Cup game against the Sharks XV.
He remained at the Blue Bulls until the end of the 2013 season, making just twelve appearances. He then moved to the Golden Lions for 2014. He also played for UP Tuks in their victorious 2012 and 2013 Varsity Cup campaigns.
BC -Hi, how are you?
CS – Hi. I’m well thank you. Yourself?
BC – Fantastic, thanks. How has your time with the Lions been ?
CS – Oh, man! It’s been such an amazing journey so far. To be a part of such a special family goes beyond what I can say in words. It’s truly a blessing.
BC – You are part of the most successful Lions Super Rugby side ever. What has been the secret?
CS – It’s only by God’s grace that we were able to be part of a good campaign. We are a family. The unity we have is something I’ve never experienced anywhere else in my life.
BC – Tell us about the management. What makes them so highly rated?
CS – They work very hard and the culture they’ve created on and off the field is very special. The passion and drive they have for what they’re doing is something to be admired.
BC – What was it like being part of the Blue Bulls family?
CS – It’s where my professional career started and I learned so much about the game. I enjoyed my junior years there. I remember how my tears started rolling down my cheeks as Oom Ian (Boks Manager) handed over my jersey for my first u19 Currie Cup game. It was going to be the first time I get to run out as a provincial player. A dream come true for me.
BC – What keeps you motivated and who inspires you?
CS – What keeps me motivated is the fact that I’m never good enough and everyday I have the privilege of living out my dream. There’s always ways to improve and be better. You just have to find out. My purpose is bigger than just playing a rugby match. It’s about hopefully inspiring people and changing their lives.
BC – What aspects do you aim to improve on for the Currie Cup season ahead of you?
CS – Nothing major. I just want to work of on those 1%’ers (small aspects). There’s always something to work on. There are specific skills I want to improve. Passing, tackle evasion skills, and some specific defence work.
BC – You are giving an award today, who do you think will be the Lions player of the season and why?
CS – Warren Whiteley. He’s not only a brilliant leader and an inspiration to me as a player and a person, but he leads by example. He will never disappoint. Gives a 120% every game and his stats will show that.
BC – What music do you listen to?
CS – I listen to a lot of gospel music, but also a bit of hip hop, r&b and love songs. *chuckles*
BC – Can you take us through your pre-game routine?
CS – From when we get together at the stadium, I watch a lot of motivational pictures of my favourites. I read my bible, listen to gospel music on my way to the locker room and just before I leave the locker room and go onto the field I refocus to switch on for the task that lies ahead.