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Rose Tesse Dubai Warriors RFC

Lucky Winner, Rose Tesse from Dubai Warriors Rugby Club

Local rugby club, Dubai Warriors‘ sponsor DHL recently offered a truly money-can’t-buy prize for the club’s end of season ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award – the opportunity to deliver the match ball onto the pitch for one of the World Cup semi finals in Japan.

Each of the mini/junior age group was asked to nominate the player they felt most demonstrated Warriors’ rugby values – honour, loyalty and courage. These players were entered into a draw and the lucky winner was Rose Tesse of the U12 Girls team.

While all of the nominees were deserving winners, Rose’s win was particularly special as the U12 Girls had had a fantastic 2018/19 season, winning their league as well as two out of three tournaments.

Rose said,

“I’m very happy to have been nominated for the DHL Sportsman of the Year award, and so grateful to have won this amazing prize! It will be an honour to represent Warriors in Japan, and an experience I’ll never forget.”

Warriors would like to say a huge thank you to DHL for this wonderful prize, and look forward to seeing Rose on TV at the World Cup!

Justin Brits - Dubai Warriors Rugby Player

We have a Choosday Chat with Dubai Warriors Fly-Half, Justin Brits.

FACT FILE

Age: 16
Born: Pretoria, South Africa.
Club: Duabi Warriors RFC
Position: Fly-half / Inside Centre
Height: 185cm
Weight: 76kg

“My blood’s always been blue”

Justin Brits

Who or what inspired you to play rugby?

From a young age, I’ve always grown up playing rugby and wanting to play professionally has always been a big goal for me.

Which team do you support from your home country?

I support the ‘Blue Bulls’ which is the team representing Pretoria in South Africa. The day I was born, my dad put a Blue Bulls beanie on my head and since that day my blood’s always been blue!

Do you have any nicknames?

My teammates either call me ‘Chris’ or ‘Ystervark’ (which is Afrikaans for porcupine, because of my short hair…!)

What do you get up to in your spare time?

Apart from just passing a rugby ball around, I like to do anything to relax like go to the pool or hit the local beach.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would love to have the ability to fly, it would be cool to just go wherever you want, whenever you want.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can play the guitar a little bit.

Who does the cooking at home and what’s your favourite meal?

My mother does most of the cooking and my favourite meal would definitely have to be boerewors and mielie-meal when we have a ‘braai’.

What would you like to do when you leave school?

I’d love to go to university and study something along the lines of sports management as it seems like an interesting subject. I’ll definitely push to play rugby for my university as well, and hopefully the local club.

Who are the jokers at the Warriors?

I’d have to say Reese O’Connell, he’s always got a smile on his face and cracking jokes… even during fitness training!

If you could be one of your team-mates, who would it be and why?

I’d probably choose Bradley Tarr – I’d like to see and experience how a prop plays the game. They’re absolute workhorses.

Which opposition do you look forward to playing against the most?

I love playing against the Dubai Hurricanes as they’re our toughest opposition and I thoroughly enjoy playing and testing myself against the best.

Who’s the best dancer in the Warriors squad

Again, probably Reese O’Connell, he loves his performing arts.

Whats been your proudest moment playing rugby in the UAE?

Captaining our u16 Warriors team to our most successful season yet and winning the league final this year!

What are the best things about being part of the Warriors rugby club?

It really is a brotherhood. We’ve all built such a great bond with each other, even with our teammates’ parents – which is something really special.

How’s life in Dubai?

Dubai is awesome! Especially with friends and family here, and the opportunities we have here are amazing.