The Cayman Rugby Union recently awarded Marco du Plessis the 2011/12 Magners Player of the Year award.
Du Plessis is a member of the Queensgate Pigs Trotters who struggled to win a game all year but famously beat the DHL storm in the semi-final of the Dart Vase.
An outstanding fly-half, Du Plessis was a popular choice for the annual award, showing a vast array of all round skills despite his team’s results.
Originally from South Africa, Du Plessis has made Cayman his home for the past two years after moving out here with wife Nadine. He works as an assurance senior at PWC and cannot speak highly enough about the Cayman lifestyle. “I married a beautiful girl from the bush field (Dwaalboom) in South Africa and we live together in a beautiful Caribbean paradise,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier right now.
“I grew up in a small town called Balfour in Mpumalanga, studied in Stellenboch, did my article at KPMG in Pretoria and went back to the Western Cape, Paarl to work for a fruit export company called Colors. I had three brothers in my family so rugby runs deep in my veins.”
Du Plessis said that while he misses some aspects of South Africa, like his friends and family, he is quickly adapting to the Cayman way. Although he counts Castle Lite beer as one of the things he misses most, he has become a huge fan of Magners Cider here. “I ‘ve always liked cider but Magners is something else; hot weather plus ice cold Magners is the perfect combination in Cayman. I love it.”
As part of the award Magners Cider pays for Du Plessis’s membership for the 2012/13 season. Brian Moxam, sales manager at Cayman Distributors, said: “We are delighted to be associated with this award for the third year running. Magners has a long association with rugby and we are pleased to be able to reward excellence on the field.”
The 2012/13 season starts in September and all new players are welcome. For more information visit www.CaymanRugby.com