In the final of the series profiling local schools that have produced the kind of players that The Sharks are backing for long term success, we feature Durban High School.
This Musgrave school has left an indelible mark as part of Durban’s educational and sporting history and has consistently been a top school in the city since it opened its doors in 1866, welcoming the initial intake of the grand total of seven pupils.
Former DHS players who now find themselves entrenched as part of the Cell C Sharks’ set-up are Celimpilo Gumede, Hendrick Phepsi Buthelezi and Sanele Nohamba.
The three join the likes of Team of the 90s eighthman Andrew Aitken, prop BJ Botha now playing in Ireland, and lock Alistair Hargreaves who carved out a successful career at The Sharks and then Saracens in England after captaining the successful SA U19 squad to the title of the IRB Junior World Championship held in South Africa in 2005.
“I don’t think there would be an easier decision in rugby in extending the contracts of Nohamba, Buthelezi and Gumede. Exceptionally talented individuals with a great work ethic. They going to do some great things for the Sharks franchise”.
DHS Head Coach (2015 – 2018)
Primary School Attended: Nuwe Republiek Skool (NRS) in Vryheid
Position: Loose Forward
2016 – KZN Schools U16A
2017 – KZN Schools U18A
2017 – SA Schools U18A
2018 – KZN Schools U18A
2018 – 7s SA Schools
2018 – SA Schools U18A
2019 – SA Rugby U20A
HENDRICK PHEPSI BUTHELEZI
Primary School Attended: Hluhluwe Primary School
Position: Loose Forward
2014 – KZN U16 Grant Khomo team
2015 – KZN U16 Grant Khomo team (Vice-Captain)
2015 – KZN U17 Sevens team
2016 – KZN U18 Craven Week team
2016 – KZN U17 Sevens team (Captain)
2017 – KZN U18 Craven Week team (Captain)
2017 – SA Schools U19 team
2017 – SA U18 Sevens team
2018 – Sharks U19 team (Captain)
2018 – Junior Springboks team
2019 – Sharks Super Rugby debut
2019 – Junior Springboks (Captain)
2019 – Sharks Currie Cup debut
Primary School Attended: Dale Junior (King William’s Town)
2015 – KZN Grant Khomo, KZN U17 7s, SA U16 high performance
2016 – KZN Craven Week, KZN U17 7s, SA Schools “A”
2017 – KZN Craven Week, SA Schools, SA U18 7s (Vice-Captain)
2018 – Sharks U19
2019 – SA U20 Junior World Cup, Senior Currie Cup Debut
2020 – Sharks SupeRugby debut
Photo Credit: Howard Cleland / Durban High School
Editorial: Michael Marnewick