Being a sportsman comes with an enormous amount of dedication and commitment.
You may recognise him for his stamina, his strength and his on-field speed, but we got to sit down with him off the field and get to know the who Professional Rugby Player, Courtnall Skosan, really is!
Tackling all things rugby, this is is what he had to say.
– Known as one of SA’s talented rugby players, how did you discover your passion for playing rugby?
Wow. It started as a little boy. I remember Saturdays being braai day and rugby days and I used to always watch with my dad and his friends. I grew up in the time where we as kids still played outside and you would often find us playing touchies or rugby across the road on an open field. I have just loved the game since a very young age. I only realized that I was kind of maybe good at it at a later stage when I started going to school.
– What are some of the challenges faced within the sporting industry?
Not being spotted by scouts as a young boy playing school rugby. It was a challenge for me, as I never played any Grant Khomo, or Cravenweek or academy rugby and it was said that if you don’t get spotted on school, you won’t make it playing pro one day. I believe that, that was exactly the driving force behind the work I put in and the faith I had. God perfectly orchestrated everything to exactly where I am today. It was never easy.
– What makes the sporting industry one that you enjoy?
The team aspect of it makes it something to enjoy day in and day out. You’re spending time with like minded individuals that all have the same goal. We all want to be the best possible and we help each other get there. The adrenaline rush when you jog onto the pitch, the testosterone levels rocketing when you hit the gym. The satisfaction of getting results after you spent months and years on something specific. What’s not to enjoy about it.
– When did you start playing rugby and was it your sport of choice at school?
I started playing rugby when I was 8 (we had an Ackerman’s league in Cape Town that I played in at that time) It wasn’t full flight big field rugby, but we had a ball and we ran with it and tackled haha. Funny enough, it was never my number 1 sport with regards to accolades. I was a Western Cape 100, 200 and 400m athlete on school. Enjoyed rugby more though.
– What important lesson have you learnt from being a professional rugby player?
Never think that you have “arrived”. You are never bigger than the game and never too good to get better at it. My favourite quote being, “Stay Humble and Work Harder.”
– With such an incredibly busy schedule committing to long training and travelling hours, how do you find the time to balance work and your personal life?
I love what I do for a living and believe that God will never bless you with something that you won’t be able to handle. Personal well being is a very important part of any sportsman’s life, I believe. I’ve found ways to balance my life by doing things that I’m passionate about outside of rugby itself, as well as spending a lot quality time with my wife, family and close friends. I believe that you are never too busy to make time for things and people that are dear to your heart.
– What advice would you give to someone looking to commit to becoming a professional sportsman?
Have faith. That’s the one most important thing and then work harder than you have ever worked before. You will have to make some sacrifices that others won’t be willing to make. And don’t expect it to fall into your lap. Faith without works is dead. One last thing. Don’t let anybody ever tell you, you won’t make it or you’re not good enough. They might just be afraid of the greatness you will be achieving because you’re a BIG dreamer.
– What can we expect from you in the next few months?
I’m busy working on a few things off the field. I love sharing my story and would love to get more schools lined up to go and visit and share what God has done in my life. I will be giving my best out there on the field and enjoy every opportunity I get to play this game that I love so much.
– If you didn’t follow a career in sports, what would your dream job be?
Favourite chocolate? Bar One
Favourite TV show? Empire
Favourite movie? Fast
Favourite Clothing Brand? Nike
Favourite childhood memory? There are so many, I won’t do it justice to single out one.
Most cherished personal item that you own? Wedding band
Favourite holiday destination? Cape Town
Favourite sportsman? Usain Bolt
Must have fashion accessory? Watch
Favorite skincare range? Dermaceutic (they are the best)
Favourite drink? Redbull
Favourite Relaxation Spot? Always good visiting Sherbet Angel Spa and Salon in Parkhurst
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