Andre Warner: Steering Tuks’ from scrumhalf

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By Dan Lombard

FNB UP-Tuks have had an incredible season thus far in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International which saw them top the log and will face FNB UFS-Shimlas in the semifinal. The Tuks team is littered with players that are not only gifted rugby players but also pursuing degrees, including Vodacom Blue Bulls regular, Andre Warner.

Warner started the season as the replacement scrumhalf but some stellar performances saw the B.Ed Honours student being promoted to the starting lineup. He has yet to disappoint with Warner providing the perfect link between Tuks’ strong forward pack and their electric backs.

Born in Cape Town and educated at Hoërskool Tygerberg, Warner has represented the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Currie Cup level and believes that the shared coaching philosophy between the union and the university is a crucial part of their success this season.

“Having Coach Pote [Human] as Tuks’ head coach is an important part of why we perform the way that we do. Most of the team has been together since before the start of last year’s Currie Cup which means we have already established ourselves as a team,” said Warner.

Warner has scored four of the 46 tries Tuks has recorded this season and was named the FNB Player that Rocks twice this season yet rugby is not the only thing he excels at although he still has much more to achieve on the field.

“Studying towards my future has always been important to me. The Varsity Cup really opened doors for me with the competition being partly responsible for me signing with the Vodacom Blue Bulls. When I do decide to hang up the boots, I’d like to work at a school but in a managerial position such as Director of Sport,” explained the avid golfer.

“Having said that, I still want to do a lot more in terms of my rugby. Tasting Currie Cup action has only made me hungry for more and I’m pushing for Super Rugby selection in the near future,” he added.

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