Elite Rugby Scholars welcomes new international scout - Tabo Maree
Tabo joins our ever-growing international scouting team form the United States where he has recently graduated from college and exploring rugby opportunities. COVID has put a dampener on the previous season however the future is looking brighter for the talented South African forward. We caught up with Tabo to learn a bit more about his rugby background and how that lead him down the American Collegiate Rugby route.
"I am from a very small town in Mpumalanga called Amersfoort. As a small school, we had to play hard to get the win. In the last year of middle school, we didn't have enough players to make a team so we had to combine with the school in the next town to play rugby. Sometimes we even had to play 7s in our school league. After Middle school, I went to Grey College in Bloemfontein one of the best schools in South Africa."
"Grey College had over 1500 boys in the school with the majority of them playing rugby. Each age group had 5-6 teams so the competition was fears. I played A team in all age groups, when I was 16 I had the privilege to play for the u/16 Cheetahs team in the Grant Khomo Week. That following year I popped my AC joint and was out for the year. Coming back to my last year of high school was a struggle I played 2nd team(Cherries as it's called) most of the year, but luckily at the end of the year, I got a few caps for the well-renowned 1st team of Grey College."
After graduating he was recruiting by top flight US College side @astaterugby where he studied and competed for four years before signing a pro contract with @nolagoldrugby one of the newly estbalished franchises in the hugely exciting Major League Rugby pro competition in the States.
Tabo is the definition of a Rugby Scholar and now assists us in sharing these opportunities with talented boys and girls.
"It is an honor to be working with a company dedicated to helping foreign student-athletes find a home." - Tabo Maree