Category Archives: Player Profiles

Player Profile: Wonga Koti

The first of our U20’s to be featured, Wonga Koti plays for the U20A side at 8th Man. Having been a loosie all his rugby career he is a talented athlete playing both hockey and basketball.

In fact not only did he play but represented Western Province in both Hockey (as a goalkeeper) and Basketball. In Grade 9 Wonga took the decision to focus on rugby and has since then had a season at UWC after school before joining Hammies.

Best Rugby Memories:

“Scoring my first try as a young boy. Another that sticks with me is going the through all the rounds at the Craven Week trials”

Wonga talks about his rugby journey and what motivates him – 

“I played a rugby when I was really young but then I stopped because my primary school didn’t have any rugby and I had to join other sports , I played hockey which I represented WP until u14 , I decided in grade 9 I will go back rugby and have played ever since.

My passion for rugby runs deep my uncle, Msimelelo Koti, played for SARU, WPRB and Border- I hope have the opportunity to play further up the ranks and possibly professional one day.”

Player Profile: Mncedisi Joni

Mikey has been at Hammies for 5 years, joining us in 2012. Schooled at IQhayiya Senior Secondary School the hard working flanker has also played for Blue Jets as well as Stellenbosch U19

Greatest Rugby Memory:
“Playing Sevens in Malaysia for  Stellenbosch Under 19”

Rugby Journey:
“Ever since i started playing rugby at high school I always wanted to play at a  higher level, like Stormers and Springboks. I have been in few trials and played in Legends Cup tournament for Juniors at school.”

Mikey has had an incredible journey with Hammies in the past few seasons and has grown immensely as a player. He is a senior and vital part of the 3rd XV and slips seamlessly into the 2nds when needed.

Mike Joni is hard working flanker that enjoys the physical side of the game. A good defender at close quarters and strong ball carrier. Mike has a high work rate at ruck time and is always prepared to do the dirty work for which ever team he is selected. Mike is a regular stand out forward and continues to grow as a player at Hammies with consistent  performances each week. – Barry Herbert 3rd Team Manager

Recent News:

May 8 ’17:        Joni and Poleman star in 3rds win
April 25 ’17:    3rd XV bag biggest win of the day against NNK
April 3 ’17:       3rds with opening season win over the Bay

Player Profile: Niel Stephen Cleghorn

Niel joined Hammies in 2013 after captaining Villager for 2 seasons

Fondest rugby memory: ‘Playing WP 7s for a couple of years and my dad watching me put the red and blue hoops on.’

An out and out loose forward but what many don’t know is he started off playing rugby at fly half…

Niel’s previous clubs have been Helderberg (’06) and Villager (’07-’12)  having captained the 1st XV from 2010-2012 Continue reading Player Profile: Niel Stephen Cleghorn