Springboks

Potgieter: My skills improved in Australia

2015-07-10 11:45
Jacques Potgieter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Jacques Potgieter says he is ready should he receive a call-up from Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

Meyer earlier this week mentioned Potgieter as a potential emergency call-up to the Springbok squad should there be any more injuries in the loose forward department.

Pierre Spies and Arno Botha were the others mentioned as possible call-ups.

“Heyneke hasn’t said anything personally to me, but I’ve long since been dreaming of playing for the Springboks again,” Potgieter, who played three Tests for the Boks in 2012, told Netwerk24.

Potgieter is currently in Pretoria but will depart for Japan on August 7 to play for the Munakata Sanix Blues.

“I signed a contract to play for them until the end of 2017,” he said.

The 29-year-old also signed a two-year deal with the Sharks to play Super Rugby for them.

“The condition of my contract with the Sharks is that I may play for the Sanix Blues after the Super Rugby season.”

Potgieter also played Super Rugby for the Waratahs the last two seasons and he described his time in Sydney as “two of the best years” of his life.

He believes playing in Australia has improved his skills.

“I was treated really well in Australia and made a lot of friends and learnt a lot. It was unbelievable to play with guys like Israel Folau, Michael Hooper, Kurtley Beale - to name a few. I became good friends with guys like Ben Robinson and learnt a lot at the Waratahs.

“I became a more skilful player in Australia. Among other things, I learnt how to attack space instead of barging into an opponent.”

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