Playing in Green and Gold is nothing new for 19-year-old Warrick Gelant, but it’s in the light blue jersey of the Vodacom Blue Bulls where he’s aiming to make his mark in the Vodacom Cup in the coming months.
Gelant represented South Western Districts at U13, U16 and U18 levels. The former learner from Outeniqua High School in George played in all six of the SA Schools’ matches in 2012 and 2013 before moving to Pretoria, where his first taste of rugby was for UP-Tuks in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
Five appearances for the Junior Springboks at the Junior World Championships in New Zealand followed, also at fullback, and after that Gelant, who is still eligible for the SA U20s this year, starred for theVodacom Blue Bulls U19s.
The Blitzboks came knocking at the end of last season and Gelant was part of the squad that won the HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments in Dubai – where he scored a try on debut – and Port Elizabeth, while he also travelled to Wellington and Las Vegas recently.
Although he’s played most of his rugby to date at fullback, Gelant started last weekend’s opening match in the Vodacom Cup at inside centre, where his play-making skills and elusive running helped the Vodacom Blue Bulls score five tries in Kempton Park.
The strongly-built back got one of the five tries, on senior debut for the team from the Capital City, and is sure to make his mark this year.