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Leader of the Pack


One of the cornerstones of the Wits pack of forwards, Conor Brockschmidt has been worth his weight in gold for the Witsies

Wits’ resurgence as a powerhouse in Varsity Cup rugby has gone hand in hand with a number of players staking a claim for higher honours, and one of the regulars who has caught the eye is stand-in captain Conor Brockschmidt.

The psychology student has been part of the furniture of the Wits side for the past four years and a cornerstone of the building process to where they are today.

Brockschmidt is a former scholar of King Edward High School where he played with the now more famous Lions trio, Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith and Cyle Brink.

While they have already made their mark Brockschmidt dreams of also one day playing at a higher level, either at flank or at lock where he has excelled with the Blues.

Sport has always been in his blood, as a provincial swimmer at school and a water polo player with Marx.

After school he was offered an opportunity to play Under 19 rugby for the Border Bulldogs after which Carl Spilhaus was instrumental in setting him up at Wits with Andy Royle.

He played his first Varsity rugby for the Young Guns in 2014 and made his senior debut against Pukke and Maties later that season. Brockschmidt led the Wits side against the Ixias last Monday in the absence of Constant Beckerling but captainship is not new to him. Former captain Warren Gilbert has been his example on how to lead and he admits that it comes easier to him now. At 110 kilogram and 1,91 meters he enjoys his stint at lock but understands that his future is probably at the side of the scrum.

His mother Karen Brockschmidt is from German descent and one of his biggest supporters and his cousin Taine Chabant has also made his mark in the Varsity Cup.

Wits’ success can be attributed to their larger rugby family where everybody supports their team mates.

On and off the field he is biggest mates are Craig Hume, Daniel Kasende and Jethro de Lange

Photo: Brockschmidt with Joshua Jarvis in 2017