Bok dream keeps Sadie in SA
Cape Town - Cheetahs centre Johann Sadie wants to extend his stay with the Cheetahs because he believes it will improve his chances of playing for the Springboks in next year's Rugby World Cup.
There were rumours that Sadie would head to Japan and not be available in this year's Currie Cup, but the midfielder has made it clear he'd like to stay in Bloemfontein.
Despite not making Bok coach Heyneke Meyer
's training camp earlier this week, he still believes he has a shot at making the squad for next year's showpiece event in England.
And staying in South Africa would improve his chances, the 25-year-old believes.
"I am contracted at the Cheetahs until the end of the year, but want to extend my stay here," Sadie told the Volksblad website
"I'd like to be part of the Springbok squad for the World Cup and therefore want to play in this year's Currie Cup. It would also allow me to be part of the pre-season training for next year's Super Rugby competition. I believe good performances there (in the Currie Cup and Super Rugby) would be important for Bok participation."
Sadie said he was very disappointing not to be included in Meyer's first Bok squad of the year, but insists he will keep working hard to try and realise his dream.
Sadie has performed well for the Cheetahs in this year's Super Rugby competition and his ability to break the line is a statistic which stands out.
According to the SANZAR website
, Sadie has made the most number of clean breaks of any South African player with 13.
He is sixth on the list which is topped by the Waratahs' Israel Folau with 18 clean breaks. The next best South African is the Sharks' Lwazi Mvovo
with 12, followed by Sadie's Cheetahs team-mate Willie le Roux with 11.