Herschall Collins - Captain of New Orleans
Herschall Collins, still in Std 9, is the captain of New Orleans and will lead them out onto Faure Street Ground this Saturday in an FNB Classic Clash.
Herschall played in the big derby last year when New Orleans won 8-0. "Hopefully, we'll win by more this year," Herschall says with a happy smile.
The chances of a repeat victory must be good as there are ten back from last year's winning team and the season has gone reasonably well.
Herschall says his side is balanced but starts with a powerful front row. He believes that that is the strongest unit in the team.
It is his first year as the captain of a side but he enjoys it. "It's a privilege," he says.
Herschall Christopher Collins was born in New Orleans, a suburb of Paarl, on 11 May 1987. He started playing rugby at William Lloyd Primary Schools when he was ten. He has always been a forward, usually a loose forward though last year he played lock on derby day. Eighthman is his favourite position.
He enjoys tackling, drives well with the ball, does well in the line-outs and the tight loose.
Herschall comes from a big family and a rugby one. His grandfather Harold Stewart, his uncles and so on were all rugby players. Most of the males in the family play or have played the game.
This year Herschall went to the Academy Week for Boland, much to the family's pride and delight. After school he hopes to be able to study at Stellenbosch.
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