My name is Joshua Parsons I am currently in my fourth year of studies in digital media at Rhodes University. I am currently the captain of the Rhodes University 1st XV Rugby Side. I have been playing rugby since I could walk and over the years I have developed a passion for the game. Through this blog I have decided to combine my passion for rugby and content creation.
I was born in Johannesburg and grew up in the small town of Hilton in KZN South Africa. I have fond memories playing rugby for hours with my brother in the garden. I remember playing on the morning frost in school. Nothing makes me feel more alive than the game of rugby, as a player and as a fan.
For as long as I can remember sports has been a symbol of togetherness for my family and the whole of South Africa. Whenever there is a major sporting event the family get together for a braai. I still remember watching the 2007 World Cup Final with my whole family. After that day my dream was always to attend a rugby world cup in whatever capacity I could, be it as a fan or even now I think of attending as a media representative.
I remember sitting in the stands with my peers and being addressed by greats like Bobby Skinstad and having a close relationship with Dick Muir growing up. The presence of professional rugby players almost knocks me off my feet. It is a truly humbling experience to be in the presence of these greats.
In 2015 I had the pleasure of going to watch the World Cup semi-final game between the All Blacks and South Africa. This was something I had dreamed of for years and it was an unreal experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Not just the atmosphere, but also the way the game of rugby brought people from all corners of the globe together to unite. After that 80 minutes the All black supporters were friends and not enemies. Even though there was a rivalry between the two sets of fans there was also an amazing respect for one another.
When i got to University I soon developed a passion for playing rugby. I started playing in the koshuis league, where I was noticed by the 1st XV coach who invited me to come and practice with the 1st side. I then started to feature regularly for the 1st team where I developed a real love for the game and a love for hard work and dedication. In my second year I was made captain of the Rhodes University 1st side that play in the FNB Varsity Shield. In 2019 I captained my team to their first ever victory in the Varsity Shield on national television.
Through studying journalism and watching rugby I developed a passion for creating content and soon started my own YouTube channel called ParshallProductions. I comment on rugby and also post creative videos and vlogs. My passion is to one day turn this channel into my full time project. My other passions include getting up early, meditating, gym, water sports and many more. I hope that you as a reader enjoy this blog as much as I have enjoyed creating all the content on the blog and hopefully it help you in some way pursue your passion.