Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Super-flanker Batsile in rugby by accident

Many who have watched Botswana Rugby powerhouse, BDF Cheetahs, play will agree that flanker Kabo Batsile has really come of age, not bad for a player who got into rugby by accident.

Last weekend, Batsile and his Cheetahs were at their element best, not stampeding opposing teams on rugby fields, but making sure that more than 400 HIV orphans were all fed at an event organized by the Botswana Rugby Union in conjunction with Furnmart in Old Naledi.

Batsile buzzed all over the place doing menial duties, which ranged from washing dishes and preparing salads to feeding queuing kids.
In an interview with Sunday Standard Sport after the event, Batsile said he did not get into rugby by design.

“One day we were playing football at the barracks. One senior army officer encouraged us to try rugby and, as they say, the rest is history,” he said.

Batsile said that he had always liked football and never thought he would be in rugby. Batsile is now the captain of the senior rugby national team, ‘the Vultures.’

“I also surprised myself at the rate at which I grasped the basics of this game. Here I am, captaining my country in a sport code I never dreamt of being part of,” said Batsile.

A soldier by profession, Batsile hails from Serowe, a place he admits sport codes, like rugby, are a closed book.

“When I am home, I fight for a television set with my siblings because they always want to watch football while I prefer my rugby. I hope rugby will one day get the exposure it deserves and you guys (media) can help get rugby to its rightful place,” he said.

The 28-year-old Vultures flanker says his main attributes in rugby are speed and deception.
“I model my play around New Zealand players. As you might be aware, Rugby is that country’s number one sport code. I support the Springboks of South Africa though,” added Batsile.
BDF Cheetahs coach, Gareth Gilbert, sang praises for Batsile.

“He is a hard worker and his determination shows in the field of play. He is also a very disciplined character. I don’t recall any day that he had brushes with the management,” said Gilbert.

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