Mostert enjoying life at Lions
Johannesburg - Lions lock Franco Mostert is
determined to help the Johannesburg team achieve more growth and success, while
he also hopes to receive a Springbok call-up in the near future.
From a South African perspective, the young
Lions lock - affectionately known as “Sous” to his team-mates - was one of the
standout performers during this year’s Super Rugby season.
Mostert, 24, started every match for the
Lions as they achieved one of their most successful tournament campaigns, winning
nine of their 16 fixtures and falling narowly short of a playoffs berth.
Despite the disappointment of missing out
on the top six, Mostert believes the Lions can take a lot of confidence from
“Many people have short memories. A few
years ago, when we were left out of Super Rugby, many people thought that was
the end of Lions rugby,” Mostert told MyPlayers.co.za.
“However, the entire union came together to
ensure the necessary plans and structures were in place to rebuild. We’ve made
great progress over the past two years, and we’re definitely headed in the
When questioned about his impressive
individual form, Mostert was quick to credit his team-mates.
“The guys around me definitely made me look
good!” he said with a laugh. “Rugby is not a one-man sport. Every player who
was on the field deserves credit for what the Lions have achieved as a team.
“Even at training, we have worked hard
together to improve our basics. Last year, my lineout success was sitting below
80%. During Super Rugby, my lineout success was over 80%, so I was very happy
with our efforts to improve at the set-piece.
“Warren Whiteley and I were the two players
who started every match, but we did leave the field because of unfortunate
yellow cards! So it was definitely a team effort,” Mostert quipped again.
Since joining the Lions from the Bulls in
2013, Mostert has committed to the Johannesburg-based union until the end of
2016, and hopes to continue his progress.
“Many of the guys have signed on until 2016
and 2017, which proves the players are happy here and want to achieve success
as a team,” said Mostert. “We’re headed in the right direction, and I want to
be a part of the journey.
“When I moved from the Bulls, I used to
drive from Pretoria to Johannesburg for every practice and match for the first
two months, but today, I’m settled in.
“Hopefully, I can continue my personal growth
and progress to catch the attention of the national selectors. It’s my big
dream to play for the Springboks in the near future.” For more exclusive player content, check out MyPlayers.co.za