How my superhero dad helped me conquer Suicide Hill - and rugby

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How my superhero dad helped me conquer Suicide Hill - and rugby

If it hadn’t been for his dad, Rosko Specman says he wouldn’t be the player or the person he is today

Ofentse Ratsie

Bulls speedster Rosko Specman clearly remembers the time his father, Joseph, said to him: “Today, we begin your journey from a good rugby player to a great rugby player.”

And quite literally, it is a journey that started at the bottom of a hill in Makhanda (then Grahamstown), where the winger was born and bred.

“It was in my last two years at high school,” the two-time World Rugby Sevens series winner recalls. “Every afternoon, my dad would take me to this hill. We nicknamed it Suicide Hill. And he told me to run up.”..

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