Remember Chris Rood, aka Bayroot, the Glider who would run a stealthy line and appear in a gap out of nowhere to score or put one of the Ikey speedsters away. Bayroot was part of Alan Solomon’s Ikeys of 2005 that pulled the club back from rock bottom to have an unbeaten second half and put the Blue and White back on the winning track.
Name / Nickname:
Chris Rood aka Bayroot / Glider / Stickman
Played at varsity when, what positions and for what teams:
2001 – u19A flyhalf, 2002 – u21A2 Utility Back, 2003 – 3rdxv Flyhalf, 2004 + 2005 – 2nd xv Utility Back,
2005 + 2006 1stxv Fullback
Where are you now and what are you doing?:
Been working for Synovate Aztec in Cape Town for the past 4 years. Playing rugby for the Shebeen Boys in the Internal league and playing some social 6 down touch rugby in the Villagers Summer league.
Best varsity rugby memory?:
1st xv debut in 2005 v Bellville Tech. Beating Maties every time I played on the Green Mile. Going unbeaten for a whole season playing for the Eagles.
“I was renowned for”:
Gliding into gaps from fullback, frustrating defenders
Any guys you are still in touch with?:
Lots of ex-players still based in Cape Town, we often catch up at Forries on a Friday evening.
Do you follow the UCT Ikey Tigers and the Club?:
Been following the Varsity Cup but would like to get to more of the league games this year.
Let’s have your story.
send us your info to firstname.lastname@example.org – subject UCTRFC Old Boys and we’ll get it online pronto.