Son of a coaching legend, a former American football star (College level) and a US Eagles player. At home both on the Sevens and Fifteens arena and an individual who is assured about himself and his team’s abilities.
Benedict Chanakira spoke to Brett Thompson on the Sharks, Israel Folau popped up somewhere, the US Sevens team and more…
BC – How was your time at Edinburgh?
BT – A great learning experience that was unfortunately cut short due to injury.
BC – Who is the most influencial person in your career?
BT – My Dad.. Ever since I can remember he was always working hard and doing extras to get better. He stopped playing rugby at 53 but still to this day pushes himself to be as physically fit as he can be .
BC – Does your father, a coaching legend help you in career decisions and advice?
BT – Absolutely.. Whenever I have a major career decision to make he’s the main person I turn to for advice.
BC – If you were to play for any Super Rugby side which would it be?
BT – I’ve always admired the Sharks because of their physical style of play! So I would have to choose them. Plus I think I’d look good in black.
BC – Is there a current player you enjoy watching?
BT – Israel Folau, Marcell Coetzee, Samu Manoa, Nemani Nadolo and many more.. They all just bring it every time they play.
BC – The US have been vastly improving in the Sevens. What are the chances of the side in Rio?
BT – If last years Series shows anything about the USA 7s it’s that they are Medal Contenders. The team went from 13th in the world standings to 6 in a season under coach Mike Friday.
They progressively got better as the season went on and finished the circuit winning London. If the group continues to work hard and stay healthy then a gold medal isn’t too hard to imagine.