England in SA

Olivier keen to prove his worth

2012-06-19 19:28
Wynand Olivier (Gallo Images)

Port Elizabeth - You could say that he has had more comebacks than George Foreman, but Wynand Olivier doesn’t give the impression he is too bothered by the intense pressure he must be under as he prepares to make his first start for the Springboks since last year’s away leg of the Tri-Nations.

Those words might suggest that Olivier has some inner demons that need dealing with, and if that is the case, it would be understandable. Although he made his international debut as long ago as 2006, and has played 36 times for his country, he has never backed up at the highest level the potential he has shown at provincial and Super Rugby level when wearing the Bok jersey.

With many critics, particularly those in the Cape, questioning why Meyer opted for Olivier ahead of the talented Stormers centre Juan de Jongh, who has performed well when presented with opportunities at international level in the past, he must know that this could well be his last chance. But he also knows that being too stressed about it won't help.

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