The small rural community of Humansdorp is delighted with the selection of Sergeal Petersen to the Springbok team for the end of year tour of the United Kingdom and Italy. He is one of the four uncapped players in the squad.
The 22-year-old Petersen has been rewarded after a good season with the newly crowned Currie Cup champions, Free State Cheetahs.
Petersen’s journey to success began in 2001 at Stulting Primary School in Humansdorp.
Coincidentally, future Springboks like fly-half Hennie le Roux and loose forward, Keegan Daniel also attended the same school.
Le Roux’s Springbok jersey is also on display on the school’s club house. Headmaster, Cornelius Coetzer is proud of his former learner, who he described as a natural athlete.
“We always knew he had talent. One has to work on that talent, but he was one of the guys who was prepared to do that.
Talent can get you to places but you need to develop that talent. we are very proud of him and he is working very hard,” said Coetzer.
Petersen is a second child in a family of three – he has a brother and a sister. His father Peter is a former rugby player himself. His father says it has been always his son’s dream to play professional rugby.
“I think he was in grade 11 when he said to me that he wants to be a professional rugby player.
I asked him about his studies and said let’s see after matric. He wrote his matric, and he was selected for the southern Kings super rugby squad.”
Sergeal is also the nephew of Kouga Councillor Desmond Petersen.
The former junior international is one of the youngest members in the Boks touring squad, although his place in the starting line-up is not guaranteed, but he is certainly one for the future.