Michael attended the Investec International Rugby Academy’s Elite Players Course and this was the start of an incredible transformation in his career. Michael was the reserve hooker for the Cheetahs U19 Currie Cup team at the time he attended the Elite course; in just a few months he had moved up the ranks and started a very promising career as a rugby player. Within weeks of the course, he made the cut in an impressive list of squads - the Shimlas Varsity Cup, the Cheetahs Vodacom Cup, the Cheetahs Currie Cup, and the SA U20. Later in the year he attended the Junior World Cup as part of the South African “Baby Boks”.
Michael is now plying his trade in France at “Stade Francais” and has developed into a powerhouse hooker with a bright future.
“I have always had dreams of playing top rugby, but I never knew how much one course could impact my life and career. It was an awesome opportunity to learn about the game and it really did transform the way I thought about the game.” – Michael van Vuuren