New Ballito Dolphins management targets promotion’s promised land

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The Ballito Dolphins’ new management is determined to take the team to the promised land of promotion this season.

Recently crowned captain and vice-captain, Muzi ‘Maximus’ Luthuli and Joné Jansen, hope to use their combined rugby experience to mentor a generation of exciting young talent.

Luthuli is a Dolphins legend, having played for the club since 2011, often motivating the team with his on-field play and personality.

Maximus is not an easy nickname to earn, and Dolphins players are no doubt thrilled to have the frontline titan on their side of the court.

Muzi Luthuli is a tough man to stop, even more so when he’s all out in midfield. Photo: Schröder Sports Photography

A 6th grade trainee teacher and sports coach at Umhlali Prep on the day, Luthuli says he is delighted to take on the responsibility of wearing the captain’s armband.

“I’ve been in the management group for a few years now, but of course it’s a proud moment for me to be named club captain. We’ve got really good players and depth this year and I’ve looking forward to getting back on the pitch,” he said.

Where Luthuli offers strength and power, Jansen brings skill and finesse as the team’s flyhalf.

A native of Bloemfontein, Jansen played full-back for the Cheetahs before a serious injury cut short his professional dreams.

Joné Jansen was about to put in place an incisive backline movement.
Photo: Studio 8 Photography.

Nonetheless, after moving to Ballito in 2016, he put the disappointment behind him and returned to action, joining the Dolphins in 2018.

“Muzi and I feel like there’s something special about this season. Besides the competition on the pitch, the guys we have are a great group.

Growing up, I was always taught that the way you are off the pitch will influence the way you play. Everyone is working and we are ready for the challenge,” he said.

Jansen works in IT and enjoys spending time behind the computer at home as well, citing gaming as one of his favorite hobbies.

He will soon have 2 additional players to join him because he and his wife Doné are expecting twins.

The Ballito Dolphins’ preseason kicks off this weekend with a round robin, while championship games begin in April.

“We’re really looking forward to getting stuck in this year with the league returning to almost business as usual.

We’re also thrilled to announce a partnership with the Rise Up movement, and our players will stand up against gender-based violence every time they wear the Dolphins jersey,” said Chairman Mark Svenningsen.


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