HOT PROPERTY: Augustus

Not known as one of the “big” rugby schools in the Mother City, the Tiere have produced some groot name in recent years.

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, Bulls wing Travis Ismael, Sevens star Justin Geduld are but a few of the names to have come out of their ranks.

The latest arrow from Parow shooting up the ranks is 19-year-old Juarno Augustus.

At the start of the year, many fans would probably have asked “who?” But six months into the year and Augustus is a household name in rugby circles the world over.

And it’s all because of his performances in the Junior World Championship in Georgia in recent weeks which has seen him win the Player of the Year award, despite South Africa finishing third in the competition.

Augustus was a man mountain in this tournament, making tackles around every corner, turning over balls and scoring tries.

Trokkie, as he is known, bulldozed all in his path on his way to a total of seven tries in the tournament – the most by any player.

And after receiving the award, the Stormers No.8 says: “It is a surreal feeling to win this award. I didn’t think I would win it.

“It is an honour and privilege for me, and certainly a highlight in my career.

“I’d like to thank my teammates, coaches and the public who voted for me.

“I’d also like to thank my family for their unwavering support throughout my career.

“This is a very special moment.”

Augustus is the third South African to have won the award – the others are Bok centre Jan Serfontein in 2012 and flyhalf Handre Pollard in 2014.

Fellow Baby Boks star Curwin Bosch was nominated for the award last season, but lost out to Ireland’s Max Deegan.