South Coast rugby star makes his mark in Ireland

South Coast rugby star makes his mark in Ireland

Quintin van Jaarsveld

South Coast rugby ace Tristin Parsons enjoyed an unforgettable tour of Ireland as a member of the Westville Invitational Under-13 team recently.

The Suid-Natal Primary and Junior Warriors star played a key role for the team, who finished their three-match tour unbeaten.

The talented scrumhalf scored a try in his side’s 32-17 win over Balbriggen in their opening fixture.

Their next clash, against Cork, proved their most challenging and ended in a 7-all draw.

The Westville Invitational Under-13s ended the tour on a perfect note with a 22-7 win over Garyowen.

“It was the best tour ever. It meant a lot to be selected and I am thankful for the opportunity,” the Margate youngster told eHowzit.

Parsons was born with Symbrachydactyly – a congenital abnormality of the hand in which bones is missing from the fingers while some fingers are missing altogether – but has refused to let it stand in his way of living out his passion of playing rugby.

He’s emerged as one of the South Coast’s brightest up-and-coming rugby players and has represented Southern KwaZulu-Natal and the KwaZulu-Natal Duikers.

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He fell in love with Ireland and said he’ll never forget his first international rugby tour.

“Ireland is awesome – I loved the snow and the hotels. The highlight of the tour for me was scoring a try on Irish soil.”

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