The love that Oupa feels for his wife Nomonde and their first born puts a spring in his step to recovery. 

Running loose-forward Teboho ‘Oupa’ Mohojé is a son of Qwa Qwa, but has found his team at Free State Stadium – home of dynamic, attacking rugby. 

Plagued by injuries the last few seasons, the Cheetah’s flank/lock is back to full health and feeling good, so ready to get on the field after a lengthy twenty six months. To which he thanks the love of family, as it’s what helped keep his passion for the game alive. 

As Oupa doesn’t come from a family of rugby, he credits the likes of Former SA Captain John Smith for inspiring his interest in the sport growing up, as well as “Oom Jan” for mentoring him in his rugby career. As for today, it’s his corporate attorney wife and newborn son that are his beacon of light. 

It’s also Nomonde who helps keep him mentally and physically fit by supporting him all the way. That includes preparing his healthy meals and keeping his eating plan in check. 

“When he’s on a diet, the whole family is on a diet. Oupa is getting a bit older now so eating healthily is very important so that he can be as fit as possible for his games and can stay on the field. Unfortunately for me, when I’m craving cake I can’t have it,” she chuckles. 

“I think that is where the mental and the physical support comes in… So he can be as fit and healthy as possible, as well as as happy as possible,” adds Nomonde.  

The arrival of their first child has certainly upped the happiness factor, and cemented an already tight bond between the couple. 

“The qualities I admire about Oupa is that he is an epitome of a gentle giant,” comments the mom.  

“What I admire about my wife, besides her beautiful self, is that she’s got a beautiful heart. Just as generous as I am, she also is. She’s also extremely proactive in getting things done. I also am, but not nearly as proactive as Nomonde,” says Oupa. 

Nomonde does concede he’s a great cook and fine dancer though. He’s not bad at rugby either.

Highlights in his career include being Player of The Tournament in the UFS Shimlas Varsity Cup in 2013. 

“I don’t know if that was the answer to a call for me but I think that it gave me confirmation that I should play rugby,” shares Oupa. 

Another for him was getting his first cap for the Springboks back in 2014, when playing against Scotland.

Is rugby in their son’s future?

Oupa wouldn’t mind but the parents aim to empower their son to be whoever he wants to be. Surpassing that, is that he influences others in a positive manner. Whatever he chooses, may Mohoje junior grow up to reach his full potential, just like his parents!  

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