Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am is celebrating his 26th birthday today. To celebrate the day of the rugby hero’s birth we are sharing some fun facts about the man with you.
Lukhanyo hails from Zwelitsha township near King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape. He attended De Vos Malan High School in King William’s Town.
- Lukhanyo Am is a skillful midfielder with good hands and is deceptively quick, which has seen him set up many tries for the men on his outside. One of those tries being the World Cup winning try which he set up for Makazole Mapimpi to score. The Springboks were leading by 6 points heading into the final quarter of the match. A combination of great handling down the left-hand touchline and a well-executed chip kick had the ball sitting up nicely for Am, who could have easily scored a try because there were no defenders in front of him, however he threw a pass to Mapimpi, who had run a decent support line next to him which resulted in Mapimpi scoring the famous try.
- Besides the 14 tries that Lukhanyo Am has set up for the Springboks, he has scored 3 himself.
- Lukhanyo Am regards being selected for the Springboks as one of his greatest achievements. “Being a Springbok was one of my most important goals and being at the World Cup is the biggest stage I could ever play at in international rugby. From when I started, I wanted to go through the levels, starting with franchise rugby. And when I got that opportunity, I then wanted to grow as a player and as a person. I knew then that I could aim for a place in the Springboks.”
- Lukhanyo Am received a hero’s welcome of his own from the people of his home town King Williams Town when he arrived home after the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup victory tour. The streets of King William’s Town were filled with thousands of jubilant fans as the rugby hero’s motorcade moved through his home township of Zwelitsha. The parade began from Breidbach with Lukhanyo Am sitting at the back of a BMW convertible, and moved through the town ending up in Zwelitsha.
Happy Birthday, Lukhanyo! We wish you everything of the very best for the year ahead!