- Conversations with Old Boys: Waylon Murray -

Conversations with Old Boys: Waylon Murray

In the sixth edition of Conversations with Old Boys we chat to professional rugby player Waylon Murray.  Waylon, who was Head of School in 2003, played for the Westville 1st XV for three years. He has gone on to play first class rugby for a number of teams, and has played three Test matches for the Springboks.

“My impressions of Westville Boys’ High School today fill me up with great pride. The school continues to sore to higher levels of excellence and it has definitely thrived with Trevor Hall at the helm. I am sure it will continue to evolve successfully into the future.”

Biography of Waylon Murray in Brief

 

Matric                                    2003 (post matric 2004)

House                                    Cliff

Junior School                       Berea West

Leadership Positions         Head of School 2003, 1st XV captain 2003

Sports teams                        1st team rugby, soccer,  cricket & athletics 

1st XV rugby                          2002-2004

Age Group Teams                KZN Schools (2004),  SA U19 (2005), SA U21 (2006)

First Class Teams               Sharks, Springboks, Southern Kings, Bulls

No. of Springbok caps        3

Current Team                       Sharks

Conversations: What was your most memorable game for the Westville 1st XV and why?

I think my entire 2004 rugby year was memorable.  We achieved many impossible feats and I have many fond victories that I still hold dear to my heart.

 

Conversations: Who was your favourite teacher at school?

My favourite teacher at Westville was Dr Cowie. He always passionately immersed himself in coaching us at junior levels and mentored us throughout high school.

 

Conversations: Was there an important life lesson that you learnt at Westville Boys’ High School?

A lesson I learnt from my high school experience was to stay disciplined in all areas of life. I still live by this motto everyday of my life as I work to achieve my goals.

I think any primary school boy considering which high school to attend would be hard pressed to find a better high school in terms of pupil development and nurturing one's potential in an environment that is both conducive to achieving academically and on the sporting field.”

Conversations: What are your impressions of Westville Boys’ High School today?

My impressions of Westville Boys’ High School today fill me up with great pride. The school continues to sore to higher levels of excellence and it has definitely thrived with Trevor Hall at the helm. I am sure it will continue to evolve successfully into the future.

 

Conversations: What advice would you give to a primary school boy considering high school options on why he should attend Westville Boys’ High School?

I think any primary school boy considering which high school to attend would be hard pressed to find a better high school in terms of pupil development and nurturing one's potential in an environment that is both conducive to achieving academically and on the sporting field.

 

Conversations: What has been the most rewarding moment in your rugby career?

My most rewarding moment on the rugby field will always be representing my country and playing for the Springboks.

 

Conversations: What advice would you give to a young person considering a career as a professional rugby player?

My advice for people considering professional rugby would be to always have clear goals but more importantly to make sure that they focus on staying in the moment, working hard, staying humble and never doubting their abilities.

Conversations with Old Boys is a project of the Westville Boy’s High School Foundation, in partnership with the Westville Boys’ High School Old Boys’ Association