Embrose Papier may have been the "surprise" selection of the 2017 Ruggas Rugby Awards but after careful consideration, one can not help to agree with his selection. Due to the age restrictions of the Craven Week and Tuks Competition, the schoolboy rugby spectators was "robbed" from witnessing surely the one player that can turn a match in a split second with his brilliance.
This was very evident in the 2015 and 2016 Beeld Macro School finals. The final of 2016 is remembered for two tries that were scored after Embrose displayed this brilliance. The first try was scored after Embrose scored after a 75m run with a brilliant display of speed, vision and stepping. His second try was scored in similar fashion. Embrose picked up the ball after EG Jansen's captain lost the ball going over the line for a well deserved try, he again ran the length of the field to ensure a Garsfontein victory.
The highlight of his 2016 must have been his selection to represent South Africa in the u/20 World Cup. At this event, he showcased his class to the world. He was injured after in a freak accident while practising ending his tournament before the Semi Finals against England.
Position : Scrumhalf
Team 2017 : Blue Bulls
Primary School : Darling Primary School
High School : Swartland High School, Garsfontein High School (Matriculated)
Date of Birth : 25 April 1997
Weight : 80kg
Height : 176cm
Representative Teams : 2016 SA U/20, 2014 & 2015 SA Schools and Bulls Craven Week, 2015 U/18 SA 7's, 2013 Bulls Grant Khomo, 2011 Boland U/13 Craven Week.