2017 Ruggas Backline Player of the Year – Abner van Reenen

 

Abner van Reenen was one of the stars for Garsfontein Hoërskool 1stXV during 2016 and also represented the/18 Blue Bulls team at the Craven Week in the same year. One of the most exciting players with the ball in hand and created tries from hopeless situations on several occasions. He will however also be remembered for his ill-discipline with the “highlight” being red-carded during the VirSeker Macro Schools finals almost costing Garsfontein the championship.

In 2017 Abner transferred to Paarl Boishaai for his matric year signing an after-school agreement with the Western Province. He started as the 1stXV first choice at fullback but when the Boishaai flyhalf, Boeta Chamberlain got injured early in the season Abner moved to flyhalf performing as if he played flyhalf all along. Abner proved himself as the vital gear in the Boyishaai team of 2017.

Abner scored an impressive 180 points which included 15 brilliant tries. At Boishaai he matured into a disciplined and still superstar of schoolboy rugby.