Daniel Arries from Windhoek High School has signed a two-year contract with the Golden Lions Rugby Union. The contract will come into effect from 1 January 2013 and will secure Arries’ services until the end of 2014.
According to Arries’ agent Lu-Wayne Botes, Arries impressed the Lions scouts during his performances for WHS at the Easter Festival in Johannesburg and at last year’s Craven Week.
“The Lions have been watching a few promising young players for some time. Daniel caught their eye. The offer of a junior provincial contract by a big union in South Africa is without a doubt a huge compliment and opportunity for the young player,” he said.
“The Lions made it a point to sign Arries’ before the start of the Craven Week in Port Elizabeth in July,” Botes added.
Namibian rugby will no doubt also benefit from the exposure and development Arries will receive in Johannesburg. Many past and present Namibian players received some form of coaching in South Africa at some point in their careers.
The 18-year-old Arries said it was a dream come true.
“It is a great honour to be offered a contract by the Lions. It has been my dream since childhood to one day play professional rugby for a big union. I thank the Lord above as there are many other players with the same dreams and aspirations. I would like to thank God, friends and family, coaches, Primary School Orban, WHS, the Namibian Craven Week team, Lu-Wayne Botes and the Michelle McLean Children Trust,” he said.
Botes, a former Namibian rugby player, who represented his country at the 2007 Rugby World Cup has been involved since 2009 with the careers of various young athletes.
Paul Willemse, from Tsumeb was assisted by Botes with the conclusion of a junior contract with the Golden Lions. Willemse has since grasped the opportunity with both hands and is currently involved with the Junior U20 Springbok side where he is playing a vital role in their quest for the World Cup.
“Due to my legal background and as a past professional player it is possible for me to act as consultant and advisor to young athletes. This I do under the auspices of the Michelle McLean Children Trust’s Talent Division. The Michelle McLean Children Trusts endeavours to promote young talented individuals to reach their goals and potential. Paul Willemse was the first individual with whom we partnered,” he said.