Botha inspired by Jean, Spies
Pretoria - Bulls loose forward Arno Botha
says he gains inspiration from Springbok captain Jean de Villiers and
team-mate Pierre Spies.
"Jean is a guy I really look up to.
While I haven't spent much time with him over the past year, his story is
really inspirational," Botha told Myplayers.co.za.
"He's successfully made a comeback
from two serious injuries, and several minor ones during his career, but he
has not allowed that to affect his career. He managed to work hard through the
tough times, which paved the way to all the success and achievements he has
"The fact that he has been able to
surpass 100 Tests is something that motivates me, and I hope I can play as many
games for the Springboks one day.
"At a young age, I've suffered two
serious injuries already, but hopefully, like Jean, I can overcome the hard
times and achieve something great during my career. I wish Jean well as he
hopes to recover in time for the World Cup."
Botha also had kind words to say about his provincial captain.
"A guy who has been a mentor during my
career is Pierre Spies. We've spent a lot of time together as we've trained
alongside each other during our rehab.
"Pierre is a great guy, on and off the
field, and there's plenty of excitement as we will both make our comebacks
during Super Rugby. He has given me great advice over the past year, and has emphasised the importance of life after rugby too.
"I am already involved in a few
business opportunities, which I will continue to work on during my career. It
is important to have things lined up in your post-career retirement
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