Russel van Wyk burst onto the international scene in spectacular fashion scoring five tries in his first four test matches for Namibia. Like many of his team mates he progressed through the ranks of the junior and senior Namibian schools team, and also enjoyed short spells at the Cheetahs, Griquas and Valke. Van Wyk made his international debut against the French Barbarians in Toulon in November last year but had to wait until June this year for his first test cap when he started in Namibia’s 20-3 defeat to Spain in the Nations Cup in Romania. Three weeks later he scored a brace of tries in Namibia’s 39-12 win over Russia in Windhoek, A week later he got a third test try against Russia as Namibia wrapped up a historic series win. Rested for the match against Kenya, van Wyk added two more tries in the final match of the Africa Cup when Namibia defeated Zimbabwe by the record margin of 80-6. The 25-year old from Tsumeb in Namibia’s north comes from a sporting family and in fact played with his father for Reho Falcons winning Namibia’s Premier League title. His sister, Steffi, a top athlete was also recently crowned Miss Namibia 2015.