Monday 14 June 2021
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Amutenya in try-scoring season

No stranger to the local rugby scene and having already achieved so much in his rugby career, Tuna Amutenya speaks to The Patriot Sports about his new deal.
The talented introvert was born and raised in Oranjemund, and attended high school at Wynberg Boys High School in Cape Town, South Africa.
“So, at Wynberg Boys’ it was mandatory that you had to play a team sport (Rugby or Hockey) during the Winter season, and all of my friends played rugby and I just followed suit and over time I grew to love the game,” Amutenya recalls.
Having started the new rugby season on a high and promising note, he has already scored two tries in two games.
Only in his twenty’s, Amutenya has already achieved much. He has represented his country at several tournaments in the world including the rugby seven’s safari tournament in Nairobi, Kenya. Recently he toured with the Windhoek Draught seven’s in Harare Zimbabwe, as well as being part of the World Cup Training Squad in 2015.
Amutenya says the most standout highlight of his career so far is his inclusion in the Western Province Men’s Sevens team.
“There have been several career highlights; being part of the World Cup Training Squad in 2015, being named captain of the men’s seven’s team in 2016, winning a silver medal and qualifying for the HSBC seven’s qualifiers in Hong Kong. But the one that stands out for me the most was my inclusion to the Western Province Men’s Sevens team.”
After a stand-out season with Unam last year, Amutenya decided it was time for a change as he had bagged a new deal with FNB Wanderers where he is reunited with his former coach Vince Dreyer. Dreyer is a former head coach of the Namibian men’s seven’s. He described the move as the emotional one.
“It was a bit of an emotional move to make but when I took the emotional component out of it, it was somewhat easy thereafter.  During my latter times at my previous club, I felt stagnant and I was very comfortable in the position that I was in at the time. Hence, I felt that it was time for a change, time to challenge myself and time for growth.
The Wanderers Head Coach and I have worked together when he was the coach of the Namibian seven’s men’s team and I was blown away by his technical ability. He is a fantastic coach to work with and he thinks like a Kiwi (New Zealander), which is what most coaching styles are gravitating towards,” he told The Patriot Sports.
Amutenya says that he would one day love to play in New Zealand in what he believes is the most competitive league and has the most competitive teams in the world.
Apart from playing rugby, Amutenya also plays basketball.
“I am very passionate about Basketball. I’ve been privileged to have represented Namibia in the sports code. I occasionally play a round of golf with my brother and my father and I think my cooking skills are good enough to get me through the first round of master chef,” he boasts jokingly.

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