Lucky Mange

Lucky MangeLucky Mange joined Spring Roses RFC in 1970 as a young promising prop as a result he spent less than two months in the lower teams of the Club before he was promoted to the first team. He became the most feared prop in the township and few were surprised when he made KWARU B (Kwazakhele Rugby Union) in less than two years as a first team player in 1973. A year later in 1974 he made the Senior KWARU team until his retirement in 1990.

Lucky made the Eastern Cape XV in 1985 and 2 years later he made the SARU team as loose-head prop. After retiring from the game he spent his time developing rugby in the community and schools and in 1997 he was appointed the coach of Spring Roses RFC. This signaled the beginning of the 11-year term (1997-2008) where Spring Roses RFC and Lucky dominated the Black South African Rugby. He won every cup on offer and produced 4 Springboks and produced a whole lot of players that played in the Currie Cup during that time.

His best achievement to date was taking Spring Roses to the Club Champs in Stellenbosch in 2007 and becoming the only Black Club to date to reach the Plate Final of that competition.

He has worked for the EP Rugby from 2000-2006 as a Technical Advisor to three different Coaches, Allister Coetzee, Blikkies Groenewald, and Oerson Gorgonzola. He also served under different Coaches as the Selector for the EP Amateur and Junior Teams from 1990-2006. He was also the Head coach of the Peter Mkata Academy that kick-started talents of many black boys that ended up playing professional rugby in the country. In 2007, he was appointed by SARU to be the Manager of the Eastern Cape XV, which was a front runner of the Southern Kings. SARU also appointed him on a short contract to be a Forwards Specialist in the Springbok women team in the same year.

In 2010 he was invited by SA Rugby to be one of the participants in the Scrum Seminar conducted by Balie Swarts. He was part of the 2004 Springbok team that toured the British Islands (Wales, Ireland, and England)

Currently, he is the Head of Development and Coaching at Khula Tech Specialists, a company he founded in 2008 to develop rugby at schools, communities and rural areas of the Eastern Cape. He also continues to assist Township clubs whenever called to lend support.

In 2000, Lucky was one of many yester year Black springboks that were awarded their Blazers as recognition of their contribution to South African Rugby.

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