Golden Lions flyhalf Shaun Reynolds has been one of the outstanding young performers during the SuperSport Rugby Challenge this season, which saw him named MyPlayers Player of the Month for May.
The Golden Lions quickly emerged as one of the front-runners for the inaugural SuperSport Rugby Challenge title this season. They have currently won six of their opening seven pool games and are set for a home play-off run after the league stages.
Flyhalf Shaun Reynolds has been at the heart of the Johannesburg juggernaut, which has seen the side score 61 tries (average of about nine tries a game) and score 430 points (average of 61.4 points a game). The Lions have also been impressive on defence, having only conceded 20 tries and 159 points so far.
Goudveld old boy Reynolds also made his Super Rugby debut earlier this season.
The award was a special belated birthday gift to the young flyhalf, who turned 22 years old on 15 June. He received the most votes from all South African professional players in the country – more than other nominees Philip van der Walt (Sharks), Kwagga Smith (Lions), Craig Barry (WP), Philip Snyman (Springbok Sevens), Jason Fraser (Griquas), Thembani Bholi (EP Kings) and Ox Nche (Cheetahs).
“I’m very surprised and humbled. To receive this award in such a competitive group of players is something really special. I’d like to thank all the players who voted for me,” Reynolds told MyPlayers. “I’m really excited and it motivates me to carry on working hard this season.”
As this month’s winner, MyPlayers partner The Safari Guys have gifted Reynolds with an all-expenses paid trip for two to The Outpost.
The Outpost accommodates 24 guests in 12 open plan, en-suite luxury spaces cantilevered on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River. The private, free standing spaces are inter-connected to each other and the central lodge area by 500 metres of Zimbabwean teak walkway.
“The prize sounds amazing and I can’t wait to enjoy it with my girlfriend once I get a break from rugby. Thank you to MyPlayers and The Safari Guys with this luxury gift.”
Looking ahead, Reynolds is excited to build on the good form he’s managed to build this season.
“I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved so far this year, but there’s so much more I want to do. I want to play more regularly in Super Rugby in future seasons and I want to compete for the No 10 jersey during the Currie Cup,” said Reynolds. “I am willing to prove myself at higher levels to earn my opportunities. I know I’m still young and still learning from the more senior guys, like Elton Jantjies. But I feel that I’m excited and ready to make the step-up when needed.”