Cape Town - Western Province captain Juan de Jongh says there isn’t a player in the country who does not want to be a part of the Rugby World Cup squad.
The 27-year-old is currently out of favour at the Springboks despite there being concerns over who will wear the No 13 jersey at the end-of-year showpiece in England.
At the moment it appears as though Bok captain Jean de Villiers or Bulls back Jesse Kriel are favourites to play outside centre at the World Cup.
“There is no player in the country now that doesn’t want to be at the World Cup,” De Jongh said on Tuesday.
“My heart wants to be there. But the only thing that is important right now is playing some good rugby and the rest will take care of itself.”
De Jongh confirmed that he had been in contact with Bok coach Heyneke Meyer, but that he knew where he stood.
“I’ve been in the setup with the Boks for a few weeks now. I kind of know where I do stand with Heyneke but there are a lot of things that I still need to find out for myself,” said De Jongh.
“There is a lot that I need to do to tick the boxes to be considered for that position.”
De Jongh added that it was great to have De Villiers in the WP setup this week as he continues to regain full match fitness after his knee injury.
“It’s great for him to be in the setup here. His experience is very valuable for us. It’s been a while since we’ve had him here and it’s awesome to spend some time on the field again,” said De Jongh.
New attacking coach Dawie Snyman added that De Jongh would likely be used at inside centre as opposed to No 13 this Currie Cup season.
“I’ve played 13 for most of my career. I have played 12 as well. It is a different position. But for me it’s all about the team and I’m excited for the new challenge. I’ll play wherever the coach wants me,” said De Jongh.