Golden Herschelle Derrick Masimla, born on 11 August 1992 in Wellington, is a South African rugby player who currently represents Western Province in the Currie Cup and the Rugby Challenge. He is known for his versatility, being able to play as a scrum-half or winger.
Masimla began his rugby journey at Huguenot High School before representing the Boland U18 team. In 2011, he made a move to the Golden Lions and played for their U19 side. However, after a season, Masimla returned to the Western Cape to continue his rugby career.
In 2012, he joined UWC (University of the Western Cape) and played in the Varsity Shield, a university rugby competition. Masimla also featured for the Western Province U21 team in the Currie Cup's U21 Provincial Championship in both 2012 and 2013. His performances helped Western Province reach the finals in each season, and they ultimately claimed the title in 2013.
Masimla's talent and potential caught the attention of Western Province, and he was included in their squad for the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition. He made his debut in the opening match of the season against the Boland Cavaliers and went on to start in the following matches. Masimla played in all eight matches for Western Province during the competition, gaining valuable experience at the professional level.
In 2014, Masimla's skills earned him a spot in the Stormers' wider training group ahead of the Super Rugby season. He impressed the coaching staff and secured a place in the final squad. However, his Super Rugby aspirations were hampered by a serious wrist injury sustained in the opening match of the 2014 Vodacom Cup against the Boland Cavaliers. The injury ruled him out of any involvement with the Super Rugby side, temporarily disrupting his progress.
Despite the setback, Masimla continued his rugby journey with determination, aiming to make a comeback and showcase his abilities once again for Western Province.
|2014 - present
|2014 - present
|2017 - 2019