| How Juicy Jay’s injury derailed his rugby path but landed him on Big Brother Titans | How Juicy Jay’s injury derailed his rugby path but landed him on Big Brother Titans

Siyamthanda Jwacu’s – more popularly known as Juicy Jay – charisma and energy had viewers glued to their TV sets every day while he was in the Big Brother Titans house.

The 24-year-old rugby player has always dreamed big in his pursuit of a professional rugby career, as well as his goals of breaking into the entertainment and media industry following his time on Big Brother Titans.

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Juicy Jays tells TRUELOVE about his journey of beginning his rugby career at the age of 13 in Maclear – formally known as Nqanqarhu – a small town an hour outside of his hometown Umtata, in the Eastern Cape, and using rugby as a means of distraction and escape from a difficult environment.

“I learnt how to be disciplined and very hardworking through the game of rugby and the sport… the person and the character that I have has been carved through the game and me playing the game,” he says.

Focusing on rugby growing up granted him a full scholarship to Queen’s College Boys’ High School, where he excelled and landed an all-inclusive rugby bursary to the Nelson Mandela University (NMU).

Speaking about his audition process and how he landed the coveted spot in the Big Brother Titans house, Juicy Jay tells us how an injury nearly derailed his rugby ambition but landed him in the reality show.

“I’m a semi-pro rugby athlete, and last year I had the unfortunate incident of tearing my ACL [anterior cruciate ligament], so I had an ACL reconstruction … The time of my injury came at a time where I was questioning myself, I was like ‘okay cool, what am I going to do now?’ because it’s a long-term injury and a lot of opportunities are lost in

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