Johannesburg - A niggling hip flexor may have kept Springbok centre Jan Serfontein sidelined
for parts of the Super Rugby season, but he is hopeful to soon stake a claim for
a place in this year’s Rugby World Cup squad.
have been a bit of a setback for me this year, but I’m on my way back (from
injury). Maybe the fitness is a bit down, but it’s something you can work on, on
your own,” Serfontein said at the Springbok camp in Johannesburg this week.
just hoping to get some game time for the World XV and in the Rugby Championship coming
had an injury over the last five weeks or so, but I am on the final phase of my
rehabilitation, and, as a team, preparations are going well for the World XV and the
it was not for a long list of injuries at centre there would otherwise be a
healthy clamber for selection in the Bok midfield.
at this stage Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer will have to base his centre selections
purely on which players are not on the injured list.
tearaway Damian de Allende should make the Bok starting XV not only because of
his superb form this season, but also because he is the only fully fit
recognised centre in the group.
centre stocks have increased with inspirational captain Jean de Villiers on the
cusp of playing in his first game following a miraculous recovery from knee
injury, while Jaque Fourie is also back in the Bok fold.
said although the battle for a World Cup berth would be fierce, it would
ultimately be to the benefit of the side.
are a lot of centres in the group which makes for a lot of competition with
Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie back,” Serfontein said.
think it is good for the team to have so many guys. It adds a lot of depth to
the team and it also gets the best out of all of us.
them in the squad and the amount of knowledge they bring to the field and the
video sessions, I've learnt a lot from them.”
Serfontein is the incumbent Springbok outside centre, he still prefers
playing on the inside where South Africa has a wealth of depth.
still prefer 12 as my first-choice, but last year they picked me at 13 for the
Boks and I was happy just to be in the team,” he said.
I can contribute to the team (is fine). I don’t mind playing wing, hooker or anything but
I’m pretty comfortable with both centre positions at the moment.”