Lo­cal rugby ace Muller goes in­ter­na­tional

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

RICHARDS Bay open side flanker Devon Muller made his de­but for the Brazil­ian se­nior rugby team against the Moari All Blacks in an his­toric clash played at São Paulo’s iconic Cicero Pom­peu De Toledo sta­dium over the week­end.

Muller started for the Brizil­ians and had a mam­moth game, but un­for­tu­nately his side went down 35-3 to a very pow­er­ful and phys­i­cal Moari out­fit.

The tal­ented young­ster was in­vited to at­tend the Brazil U20 rugby train­ing camp ahead of the South Amer­i­can Cup tour­na­ment in 2016, af­ter Westville Boys’ High School first team coach Dean Carelse rec­om­mended Muller to the Brazil­ian rugby CEO, Agustin Danza.

Muller then played in a tri-series against Ar­gentina as part of his tri­als and im­pressed so much, that he landed a two-year con­tract with the Brazil­ian U20 and se­nior teams.

Muller at­tended Ar­bore­tum Pri­mary School, be­fore land­ing a five-year rugby bur­sary at Westville Boys’ High School.

While in Dur­ban, he was se­lected for the KZN U16 Grant Komo Week side in 2013, missed out in 2014 ow­ing to a knee in­jury and made the KZN U18 Craven Week team in 2015.

His im­pres­sive per­for­mances at Craven Week re­sulted in con­tract of­fers from the Sharks, Bulls, Leop­ards and Western Province rugby unions for 2016.

But un­fore­seen fam­ily is­sues forced him to de­cline and head back home to work.

He never gave up on his rugby dream though and played for the Richards Bay Rugby Club first team in 2016.

He played a ma­jor role in the side as a ball car­rier and counter-at­tacker, which re­sulted in 15 tries in 14 games.

Muller played for Dur­ban

Col­le­gians be­tween

2011 and 2015 while com­plet­ing high school.

He cap­tained the Westville Boys’ High sevens side and bas­ket­ball team and was the first rugby teams vice-cap­tain in his ma­tric year (2015).

He was also awarded the Sports­man of the Year award at his school that year.

He works out in the gym twice a day, seven days a week to stay in top phys­i­cal shape.

Muller hopes to get scouted and signed with an AVIVA Pre­mier­ship club whilst play­ing in Brazil and hopes to make a long last­ing ca­reer out of rugby.

Devon Muller ap­plauds the Brazil sup­port­ers af­ter the tough en­counter

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