South Africa: Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu sets his sights on Rugby World Cup

David Skippers
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Stormers utility back Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu has set himself lofty goals and is keen to be involved when the Springboks defend their title at this year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

The 21-year-old captained South Africa during their a successful U20 Six Nations Summer Series last year and was involved during the latter stages of the Stormers’ victorious United Rugby Championship (URC) campaign, before being called up to the Springbok squad for the Autumn Nations Series.

Although he did not play in any of the Boks’ end-of-year Tests, Feinberg-Mngomezulu saw some action with the South Africa ‘A’ side a he played in their tour match against Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate.

However, he sustained a tibia injury in that match which ruled him out of the Boks‘ last two Tests against Italy and England in Genoa and Twickenham respectively.

He made a full recovery and returned to the playing field with the Stormers in January and represented them in the URC and Champions Cup.

Eyeing World Cup spot

And after being involved with the Springboks in 2022, Feinberg-Mngomezulu is keen to kick on and represent his country at the highly anticipated global showpiece later this year.

“I want it badly… I mean who wouldn’t want the opportunity to play at a World Cup?! But I know I have to focus on doing my job at the Stormers. Everything will take care of itself after that,” he told BokSquad.

What could work in his favour is his versatility as he slots in comfortably in several backline positions, although his preferred position is fly-half.

“I don’t mind slotting in at 10, 12 or 15 – but in my heart I’m a flyhalf. My strong points are the characteristics of a flyhalf. My kicking game is one of my strengths, so it’s at flyhalf where you get to play to that a bit more.

“Flyhalf is the position I love the most, but game time is the most important thing. Wherever I’m needed by the team, I’m there.”

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