Bakkies keen to show the ropes

2013-11-01 07:44
Bakkies Botha (Getty)
Johannesburg - Springbok Bakkies Botha is excited about returning to the national team for their tour of Wales, Scotland and France, and hopes his presence will help the young lock duo of Pieter-Steph Du Toit and Eben Etzebeth combine better as a unit in international rugby.

According to the supersport.com website, Botha was speaking in an exclusive interview with SuperSport, and said he was overjoyed by the call-up to the national side after a string of powerhouse performances for French glamour club Toulon.

“It’s always an amazing feeling to be selected for the Springboks after two years, my last test match was against Fiji at the Rugby World Cup - on my birthday. Hopefully I can get a chance to play again on the tour here, but its always a privilege to play for the Springboks,” he told SuperSport after receiving the call from Meyer last week.

“It was almost in the last week, he phoned me and asked if I am keen to play again for the Springboks. To play for the Springboks, anyone would give a yes answer. I’m very happy at this stage, and we’re getting together next week in Cardiff. From then on we will definitely have a meeting and discuss the road forward.”

Botha will join former Bulls teammate Flip van der Merwe alongside Du Toit and Etzebeth as the four locks on tour, with all four being specialist four jumpers. Meyer’s hope is to transform two of them into five jumpers - and with Van der Merwe filling in well in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, the hope is that Du Toit will get a chance to show his worth on this tour. 

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