Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Butch
James is relishing the opportunity of helping the rugby boys face the Proteas
in the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup at the Wanderers on 5 December.
After a great response to the Springbok-Proteas
T20 cricket clash on January 3, 2014 at Newlands, the two teams will face off
again, this time at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
There's plenty of excitement as the
Springboks have announced a star-studded squad, including the likes of Jean de
Villiers, Victor Matfield, Cornal Hendricks, Willie le Roux, Bismarck du
Plessis and Duane Vermeulen.
James, who played 42 Tests for South
Africa, also features in the team. The former Sharks and Golden Lions hardman
hopes to give the Springboks some bite.
"I got the call from the Boks if I was
keen to play, and I'm definitely excited," James told MyPlayers.co.za.
"It was great to be part of the team earlier this year. We did very well
against the Proteas.
"I was a wicket-keeper and batsman in
that game, but I think Jean de Villiers will take the gloves in the upcoming
match. I'll look to make an impact with the bat.
"I can also bowl a few spinners...
that are slow, straight and don't move much. If that doesn't work, I'll stick
to some medium pace."
James is confident the two teams can put on
a great sporting spectacle for the South African fans.
"The Proteas and Springboks are two of
the favourite sports teams in the country, so it promises to be a great day for
the fans," said James. "It's a day they can see some of their
favourite sportsmen on one field."
James added that the Springboks will be
aiming for the victory, after the Proteas won by 28 runs in the last T20 game
"I can ensure you that the Springboks
will be going all out for the win. The game is for a bit of fun, but the rugby
players are always competitive."
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