2018 Forward Of The Year – Celimpilo Gumede


Celimpilo Gumede has had a stellar season leading the Durban High School as Captain throughout the season. He consistently performed at the highest level and often single-handedly won games for his team. His athleticism, and ability to beat defenders has made him one of the elite back row players in the country at schoolboy level.

His ability to command a line out adds another dimension to his all-round game. His excellent season resulted in his selection for the Sharks Craven Week team for the second year running and again he was selected to represent SA Schools for his second year. These feats were also accompanied by his inclusion in the SA U18 Sevens team where they won gold at the All Africa games. Celimpilo has been the most highly decorated player in SA across all formats of the game and has performed superbly on each stage.