Lukhanyo Am

Lukhanyo Am. Images via Instagram:
@bokrugby/ @lukhanyo_12

How Lukhanyo Am’s World Cup dream was shattered and rebuilt!

Springbok Lukhanyo Am reflects on a challenging year, his World Cup journey, and leading the Sharks with resilience and optimism.

Lukhanyo Am

Lukhanyo Am. Images via Instagram:
@bokrugby/ @lukhanyo_12

The Rise of Lukhanyo Am

Lukhanyo Am’s ascent in rugby has been marked by exceptional talent and hard work. His journey began in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, leading him to become a central figure in the Springboks’ 2019 World Cup victory and a contender for the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2022.

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His skill set and strategic play have widely been recognized, earning him accolades and the title of one of the best centres globally.

World Cup Dreams Derailed

However, the path to glory is often fraught with challenges. Am faced a significant setback when a knee injury during a warm-up game against Argentina in August 2022 which sidelined him from the much-anticipated World Cup.

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Despite this, he found a way to contribute to his team’s success. Reflecting on this phase, Am said, “Being part of it was special…I definitely enjoyed watching us win the World Cup. It was very special for the team and for the country”​​​​.

Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Am’s return to the Sharks was not a smooth sail. The team struggled in the United Rugby Championship, facing tough competition and setbacks. However, Am’s leadership and resilience shone through these challenges.

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His optimism never wavered, as evident in his words, “I am really happy being back on the pitch, being fit and able to perform for the Sharks”​​​​.

Leading the Sharks to New Horizons

Under Am’s captaincy, the Sharks experienced a turnaround in the Challenge Cup, illustrating his ability to inspire and lead. His confidence in the team’s potential is palpable, “There is definitely hope for the future. There is a massive improvement”​​​​.

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This sentiment reflects not just his belief in his team but also his leadership qualities that have been instrumental in navigating the team through tough times.

The Future with Lukhanyo Am

Looking forward, Lukhanyo Am’s role in the Sharks and Springboks remains pivotal. His journey from an aspiring rugby player to a world-class athlete and leader is a source of inspiration.

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His resilience, optimism, and leadership continue to influence the Sharks’ strategy and play, making him an invaluable asset to the team and an icon in the world of rugby. As the Sharks prepare for their upcoming matches, Am’s guidance and experience will be crucial in steering the team towards greater successes.