New Shark aims for Bok spot

2011-11-24 20:19
Riaan Vijoen in action for Griquas (File)
Durban - New Sharks fullback Riaan Viljoen want's to use his new opportunity at the Sharks as a springboard for a possible Springbok call-up.

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Viljoen is looking forward to a new adventure after signing from Griquas ahead of next year’s Super Rugby tournament.

And according to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, Viljoen's aims and goals mirror those of every other player who makes the move to what are hopefully greener pastures. “I want to play regularly, be in the squad consistently and make a mark in the Sharks jersey. And hopefully make it into the Springbok squad as well.”

Viljoen said the decision to move to Durban was an easy one to make. “The weather is great, that makes it easy to come to Durban, and playing for the Sharks was always something I wanted to do.

"The fact that the Sharks have been successful in the last few years also influenced my decision to play my rugby here.

"You want to come to play for a team that’s playing winning rugby, not a team struggling to win. The Sharks get into finals and that was important for me.”

As an attacking fullback, he believes his style of rugby is suited to the Sharks, as well as theirs to his. “I hope so... We’ll have to see, but I’ll try. I love to run from the back, to offer what I can on attack and then kick when necessary” - he has a massive boot. “The Sharks play open, running rugby and that’s what I like," said Viljoen.

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