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Feinberg-Mngomezulu Ready For Springbok Challenges

  • June 27, 2024
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Feinberg-Mngomezulu Ready For Springbok Challenges

Springbok utility back Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, fresh off his debut against Wales, expressed his excitement about being named in Rassie Erasmus’ 39-man squad for the upcoming Castle Lager Incoming Series.

The 22-year-old Stormers fullback, who impressed with a long-range penalty in his debut, admitted his rapid rise to international rugby was unexpected.

“Everything happened relatively fast,” said Feinberg-Mngomezulu. “Unfortunately, a few injuries led to a lack of game time, which was frustrating. But on the other hand, it gave me time to understand the game and people on a different level, and I fully understand that I’m in a new system. 

“It has been a fast two years, but I’ve been accompanied by strong people.” 

While acknowledging the challenges of integrating into the Springbok system, he praised the veteran players for making the transition smoother.

“There’s a lot of work to do and lot of things to fix,” said Feinberg-Mngomezulu. “I’m sure with the people around me I’ll get it right. Kicking with Willie (Le Roux) and Handre (Pollard), for example, you always pick up something and it’s an invaluable experience.’’ 

Feinberg-Mngomezulu, comfortable at flyhalf, center, and fullback, prioritizes flyhalf but remains flexible. “I just love playing rugby,” he declared. “Wherever I get on the field, I’ll give it my all, especially at flyhalf where I can control the game’s tempo.”

Reflecting on his debut, Feinberg-Mngomezulu cherished the experience, especially with family and friends present. “It meant the most to me,” he said: “My father, godfather and some of my mates from Cape Town were at the game, so I had a full circle in England, and to share that moment with them was awesome.” 

He downplayed the surprise factor of his debut penalty:

“We work on those type of kicks, and one gets to understand your range, so when you ask for the ball, it is not a gamble,” said Feiberg-Mngomezulu. “It’s a matter of trust. When the kick happens, it feels like just another practice session, but only in front of a big crowd. 

“I asked Pieter-Steph (du Toit – who captained the team in the Test) for the ball, and he just said ‘kick it’”. 

Feinberg-Mngomezulu appears ready to embrace the upcoming challenges and contribute to the Springbok squad.

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