So a few mates and I took a little trip down to City Park in Athlone on Saturday – to take in WP hammering the Lions in their Vodacom Cup quarter final … As much to get away from the avalanche of what has become a fairly tedious Super Rugby tournament, as to have a few beers on the grass bank while watching some of the country’s young talent …
And who should we bump into, but none other than my old training partner, Guy Kebble, who was at the game with his not so little lightie, Oliver Kebble, who had made his debut for the WP side from the bench a few weeks back …
Guy needs no introduction as the massively strong Springbok loosehead prop who played for both Western Province and the Sharks. Perhaps not the most mobile of props ever to don the Green and Gold, the other thing we have in common is that we were both fired by SuperSport as commentators. Guy, though, was asked to come back, while my invite seems to have been lost in the post
Kebble junior, although just starting his rugby career, seems to have fallen quite close to the old tree …
Born in Durban while dad was playing Currie Cup rugby for the Sharks at the time, he went to school at Bishops in Cape Town, where he stayed until Grade 11 before moving to England to do his A-Levels.
Kebble attended Dulwich College in London and was invited to be part of the London Irish Academy. In June last year he went to France to play French Second Division rugby, no doubt learning a great many scrumming tricks and techniques – this in order to just survive one of those scrums!
“It was like going to scrum school in France. They place a lot of emphasis on scrums and I picked up a lot of valuable experience. I think my scrumming has improved immensely which should help me quite a bit here,’’ he said to me at City Park.
It’s far too early to tell, and I really hope he is not rushed into anything too fast, but having been spotted by Dawie Theron and picked for SA U20 Squad to play in the IRB Junior world championships next month, and also asked by Heyneke Meyer to pop into the Bok training camp in Cape Town, it is clear that a few pretty influential people have spotted a talent …
Of course I could not resist taking a pic of what would make a 404kg front row … One that would probably be immovable, yet struggle to make the next ruck, but be legendary humour at the post match function – if they still had those damn things!
Kebble junior in a nutshell:
Full Name: Oliver Kebble
Date of birth: 18 June 1992
Position: Loosehead Prop (but can play tighthead as well)
School: Dulwich College 2010 – 2011, Bishops 2009
Post school career:
SA U20 Squad (IRB Junior world championships) 2012
Stade Montois 2011 – 2012
London Irish 2010 – 2011