Cape Town - Stormers fullback Cheslin Kolbe is excited about his invitation to the Springbok training camp in Cape Town in May.
Kolbe will be part of the national training group that will assemble in the Mother City from May 31 to June 3.
It’s another achievement in addition to the many highlights during the 22-year-old’s young career.
While he’s established himself as a regular starter in the Stormers and Western Province teams, he’s also featured for the Springbok Sevens on the international stage.
Kolbe hopes his experience in the Springbok environment will add to his development.
“I’m delighted with the news. It’s definitely a dream come true to be part of the national set-up,” Kolbe told MyPlayers.co.za.
“I hope to make the most of the opportunity by taking in and learning as much as I can. I’ll find myself in a new environment, so I will need to find my feet as soon as possible and listen to the advice I receive from the coaches and players around me.”
Kolbe added that he realises that there’s a big difference between Super Rugby and Test rugby.
“Super Rugby is a big challenge week in and week out, but with time, I learned what was needed to make an impact,” said Kolbe. “International rugby will be another step up, but with time and experience, hopefully I can prove myself on the international stage.
“I know there’s less space, less time on the ball and more pressure, but if I can adapt and focus on my strengths, I’m sure I can make a valuable contribution.”
Looking ahead to Super Rugby, Kolbe is happy with the team’s performances, and hopes to continue contributing to the Cape side’s success.
“We were very happy with the win over the Bulls. We hope to continue that winning momentum going into our next game against the Cheetahs,” said Kolbe. “It’s important not to look too far ahead as we take each week as it comes.
“From my perspective, I’m happy with my current form, but there’s always room for improvement. I’m thankful for the opportunities offered to me, and hope to make the most out of every chance I get.”
The Springbok training squads (44 each):
Johannesburg camp (Sharks on tour) - May 3-6:
Forwards (26): Arno Botha, Ruan Botha, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Nizaam Carr, Robbie Coetzee, Lood de Jager, Jacques du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Dean Greyling, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi, Lappies Labuschagne, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield, Teboho Mohoje, Trevor Nyakane, Scarra Ntubeni, Coenie Oosthuizen, Pierre Spies, Adriaan Strauss, Marcel van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley
Backs (18): Bjorn Basson, Demetri Catrakilis, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Faf de Klerk, Jean de Villiers, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Pat Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Rudy Paige, Handré Pollard, Jan Serfontein, Kobus van Wyk, Francois Venter
Cape Town camp (Bulls on tour) - May 31-June 3:
Forwards (27): Willem Alberts, Ruan Botha, Heinrich Brüssow, Schalk Burger, Nizaam Carr, Marcell Coetzee, Robbie Coetzee, Lood de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jean Deysel, Eben Etzebeth, Lizo Gqoboka, Ryan Kankowski, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Teboho Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Scarra Ntubeni, Coenie Oosthuizen, Michael Rhodes, Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley
Backs (17): Demetri Catrakilis, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Faf de Klerk, Jean de Villiers, Nic Groom, Cornal Hendricks, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe, Pat Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, JP Pietersen, Cobus Reinach, Kobus van Wyk, Francois Venter
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