Kimberley - Griquas flyhalf Dean Grant will soon boast two
honours degrees, which will finally allow him to put his full focus on rugby.
Grant has had an unconventional road to a professional rugby
He's a huge fan of
putting studies first, which has seen him secure his honours in civil
engineering at Stellenbosch, while he's about to submit his final thesis, which
will complete his honours in BCom Investments studies at the University of Cape
It's been a tough
road for the 25-year-old, who managed to find a balance between rugby and
studies, but he said it's been well worth the sacrifices.
challenging at times, but I'm a big advocate for putting studies first and
having something valuable behind your name," Grant told MyPlayers.co.za.
"I've always wanted to give rugby my full go, but the courses I studied
demanded a lot of my time. I managed to make the Boland Vodacom Cup squad in
2010, but my studies took most of my time and restricted my playing time."
There was a solution to this hectic schedule as Grant used
the Varsity Cup as a platform for exposure, which gave him the opportunity to
dedicate time to his books.
"The Varsity Cup is a wonderful initiative, especially for
young players who want to study full-time," said Grant. "I used it to
ensure I had enough time to study, while I was getting good exposure on the
field too. This created an opportunity for me to secure a deal at
Grant is enjoying his time at the Kimberley-based union,
where they're busy with pre-season training.
Griquas enjoyed a few highs and lows during 2014, which saw
them win the Vodacom Cup and steamroll the opposition during the Currie Cup
qualifiers. Then during the Currie Cup Premier Division, Griquas finished
second last on the table, with only three wins from 10 games.
Grant believes the team will do much better this season.
"Our depth is much better this season. We have a great
bunch of players in the squad, and we all want to do well," said Grant.
"We want another good run in the Vodacom Cup this
season, then ensure our qualification into the Currie Cup Premier League again.
We were disappointed with our 2014 Currie Cup campaign as we struggled to
finish off the games we should've won. However, we will learn from that and try
to turn it around this year."
With Grant placing 100% of his focus on rugby, he hopes to
continue his elevation through the South African ranks.
"I enjoyed my first year of professional rugby. It was
a step-up from Varsity Cup, but I believe I adapted well," said Grant.
"I have a number of goals I want to achieve, including securing the No 10
jersey here at Griquas and earning myself the opportunity to play Super Rugby
in the near future. I know I have to work hard and take it one day at a
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