Sport sciences student Andrew Beerwinkel is another player who has also represented South Africa at both school and under-20 level. Beerwinkel is a bulky prop who stands at 1.87 m and weighs 117 kg. As a versatile front row player who can operate on either side of the scrum, Beerwinkel is a solid scrummager. He enjoys “braaivleis” and his favourite movie is Coach Carter. He has previously made an appearance on the bench for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the 2015 Super Rugby season, which he says is his biggest accomplishment to date.
Adrian Maebane is another sport science student from the small town of Hoedspruit in Limpopo. He measures in at 1.79 m and weighs in at a lean 92 kg. He attended Hoërskool Ben Vorster in Tzaneen and has since played a significant role at centre for UP-Tuks. Whether playing at 12 or 13, Maebane is an energetic back who enjoys fast tempo running rugby. He enjoys R&B and local hip-hop such as Cassper Nyovest. You’ll find him banging in the goals on Fifa when he’s not scoring tries on the field.
From Parow in Cape Town and a product of Hoërskool Tygerberg, André Warner is an education student who plays scrum-half. He stands at 1.84 m and weighs 85 kg. Warner is a well-rounded playmaker with a brilliant kicking game and passing ability. He admires Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen and he aspires to the sort of gameplay Van der Westhuizen had. His favourite movie is Lone Survivor and he enjoys seafood and “braaivleis”. Warner is a keen golfer in his spare time and his favourite holiday destination is Stilbaai.
Joshua Stander is an education and management student who plays fly-half. He is 1.83 m tall and weighs 90 kg. Stander attended Queen’s College before his arrival at UP-Tuks. He considers himself more of a running fly-half, as opposed to the traditional kicking oriented fly-half of South Africa. Equally adept in both attack and defence, Stander credits his playing style to that of All Blacks legend and double World Cup winner Dan Carter. Stander has a solid boot and claims to be able to kick penalties in the realms of 54 m, which could prove vital in pressure games. He has a keen ear for hip-hop and Afrikaans music. You’ll find him fishing or playing golf in his spare time. His favourite holiday destinations are Chintsa in the Eastern Cape and Plettenberg Bay.
Jacques Rossouw played for Hoërskool Piketberg in the Western Cape before he became a UP-Tuks player. He is studying a postgraduate diploma in integrated reporting. Rossouw regularly plays at full-back, although he can also slot in at centre if required. As the last line of defence, he is a very good organiser on the field. A tactically astute player with a strong kicking game, Rossouw is your prototypical fullback. He loves his mother’s cooking, saying that his favourite food is “anything his mother makes”. His favoured pastime is golf, and he loves the classic series Friends.