Big David Geffen to Pack Down for The Tel Aviv Heat
Capetonian prop David Geffen has signed with the Tel Aviv for the upcoming Rugby Europe Super Cup.
Geffen played in the First XV at Wynberg Boys High School, South Africa’s second oldest school. After school David played rugby for a few clubs, but found his feet joining False Bay RFC, a Super League club in the prestigious Western Cape Rugby League. Geffen has been part of the 1st XV squad for the last 6 years, amassing 72 Caps and helping False Bay notch a regional league win, a Super League title, and a national title, winning the prestigious South African Club Gold Cup.
Geffen sees his rugby trajectory as reflective of his schooling at Wynberg, his club False Bay and the mentorship from the coaching staff of False Bay led by current club coach Jono VD Walt as well as the grounding from previous club Coach – Kevin Musikanth. Musikanth also coached Geffen when he played for SA Maccabi in 2017, winning a Silver medal in the XV’s competition.
Geffen sees himself as an ultimate team man, a strong scrummaging tighthead that is not shy to carry the ball and put in the big hits on defense. He is relishing his opportunity to play professional rugby in the new European tournament.
David Geffen on signing for the Tel Aviv Heat:
“I am extremely grateful to represent the Tel Aviv Heat, as Israel’s first ever professional rugby franchise. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the Rugby Europe Super Cup, and play alongside players from all over the world. This will also be a massive test to front up against some experienced professionals from the other teams. I look forward to working with experienced scrum doctor Paul Day and of course Kevin and Demetri who I have tremendous respect for. I cannot wait to hit the field…”
Kevin Musikanth on David Geffen:
“Gef is a highly capable and promising front rower, vastly experienced in the very tough WP SLA in South Africa, a league which often sees front rowers scrummaging against ex-provincial and Super Rugby players. Gef has worked hard to be a 72-cap regular starting front rower for False Bay Rugby Club, one of the top clubs in South Africa and, of course, a club close to my heart, having coached them from 2008 – 2013. I look forward to Gef scrumming down against the Georgians and the Russians, this is something that will challenge David but also provide him with opportunity to show his potential, which I believe is very high. He is also a baller and will slot in seamlessly to Demetri’s heads up attacking plan for The Heat…”