Cape Town - While many current and former players steer
clear of social media, former Springbok lock Bakkies Botha enjoys engaging with
people on Twitter.
Botha is a living Springbok legend. And not only
because of his die-hard attitude on the field or decorated rugby career, which
includes World Cup, British and Irish Lions Tour, Rugby Championship (formerly
known as the Tri-Nations), Super Rugby, Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup, European Cup
and French Top 14 winners’ medals.
He’s friendliness off the field and his willingness to
interact with the public when possible has made him a fan favourite.
This has now extended to social media, where he loves
interacting on Twitter.
This comes of a bit of surprise, considering many players’
preference to avoid social media interaction. However, Botha sees the
“It’s true... many of the players don’t like it. Many are
afraid that people will take their tweets or statuses in the wrong way,
especially when they’re fired up and update their social media in the heat of
the moment,” Botha told MyPlayers.
“No one wants to be part of a social media
“But from my side, I really enjoy Facebook and Twitter. It’s
a great way to interact with friends and family, especially those who are
living overseas. It’s a cheap way of direct communication!
“It’s also a great way to show the world what I’m up to...
from my hunting trips to corporate engagements.”
This has seen Botha tweet everything from rugby memories to
his feelings around South African politics.
While Botha retired from rugby at the end of the 2015 season, he still
remains a key observer of the game. He also remains in touch with former
team-mates, including the likes of Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana.
“When it comes to Thursdays and Fridays, I feel so much
excitement in my body because it’s so used to firing up for game day! But
that’s only because I’ve played rugby for so long (17 seasons), it’s going to
take time getting used to retirement!” Botha explained.
“I still watch as many games as possible. I also enjoy going
out to Loftus Versfeld to watch the Bulls in action with my family. While I
always have an invite to the box, I prefer sitting in the stands with my kids
so they can feel part of the atmosphere and be close to the action. That’s the
best rugby experience in my view.
“It’s also great keeping in touch with my brothers. I keep
in close contact with many former team-mates. I recently chatted to Victor
Matfield, who is enjoying his final season in England with the Northampton
Saints. He and his family miss South Africa and they can’t wait to get back.
“Bryan Habana and I also chatted following Toulon’s exit from
the European Rugby Champions Cup. The guys were very disappointed to fall out.
The club’s president is a very demanding man and wants to see his players work
hard to achieve the right results, so the team will be focused on winning the
French Top 14.”
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