Sazi Sandi has played played 36 matches for the College 1st XV, playing his first match while on tour in Argentina as a Grade 10 boy in 2014. He has scored 9 tries for the 1st XV and was elected captain of the 1st XV for 2016.
Sazi began making a name for himself as a rugby player when he represented Eastern Province in 2014 at the annual Grant Khomo Week. Since then he has been a regular in the 1st XV over the last 2 years. He was selected for the Eastern Province Merit Team in 2015 where he played for Eastern Province in the final of Craven Week. He was again selected to represent Eastern Province at Craven Week this year where he was vice captain of the Eastern Province Country Districts team after the abandonment of the Merit selection system. He has been awarded Colours for his performances for the College 1st XV in 2015 and a re-award in 2016 as he continued his superb performances. It was based on these performances that he was selected to the SA Schools team in 2016 to represent South Africa against Italy, Wales and England.
Sazi has been a larger than life character for the Rugby Club and has attracted interest to College through his performances on the field and the way he carries himself off it. He has been an outstanding captain of the 1st XV and has always led by example. There is no player that has worked harder than him this year and he has deserved all the plaudits that have come his way.
He is highly rated in the rugby community as shown by the praise given to him by Robbi Kempson on Supersport earlier this year. He has also received a call up to the Eastern Province U19 Currie Cup team which he was unable to commit to due to his Prelim Examinations.
Sazi is an outstanding rugby player and is one of a rare breed of quality tightheads in this coutry. His work rate around the field and commitment to the game makes him stand out from other competitors. Sazi is known country wide as a rugby player, not merely because of his ability as a rugby player but also for his presence and complete humility that he has shown off the playing field.
Sazi’s achievements speak for themselves, and he has proven that he deserves to be considered among the top rugby players in the country. He is a most deserving recipient of an Honours Award for Rugby.
Gerry Posthumus (1st XV Coach)