According to Trout, Arendse’s early performances in the big league came as no surprise to him.
“In his very first tournament he played for us he scored a hat-trick in the first half of the game, and there I knew he was destined for great things,” Trout said.
“The first time I saw Kurt-Lee was during a Fifteens training session in 2017. There was just something about this boy, so afterwards I went to him and spoke to him,” Trout explained.
“When he joined UWC Sevens he was a natural fit. I think the game was designed for him.”
What Arendse can do on a rugby field, we’ve all seen. Trout explained that it’s everything he brings, in addition to all that talent that makes him such a good fit.
“He listens very well and he implements. So imagine you have a player like that, one who listens and implements what he’s learnt... that, aligned with his natural ability..., this is the result that you get.”
“He’s a very humble and respectful young man with good principles and morals, and that means a lot. He’s loyal. His character alone says a lot. He has a good personality and a calm demeanor. He’s funny as well.”
Can he get better? Sure. You always can. Does he have weaknesses? Perhaps.
“He loves his KFC,” Trout chuckled. “I do too, that’s why we get on so well.”
But on a serious note...
“Working with him was an absolute pleasure. From a player’s point of view I learnt so much from him as well. He’s very coachable, irrespective of his natural talent,” Trout said. “It’s no surprise to me that he’s doing well on the big stage. He is the future.”
Just ahead of the @varsitycup I spoke to a very modest and humble Kurt-Lee Arendse about what it meant for UWC to be playing in the tournament. Just a few short months later he is starring for the @Blitzboks. Deserves all the success coming his way! pic.twitter.com/JT77wYzYQg