Springboks

Bekker still harbours Bok ambitions

2016-06-03 16:00
Andries Bekker (File)

Cape Town - While he does not expect a call anytime soon from Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, lock Andries Bekker admits he harbours ambitions of representing his country again.

The 32-year-old former Stormers second rower played the last of his 29 Tests for the Springboks against the All Blacks in October 2012, and made himself unavailable for national selection when he left the Stormers for Japan’s Kobelco Steelers in 2013.

However, in an interview on the Vodacom Rugby website, Bekker did not rule out the possibility of playing Test rugby again.

“Yes, that’s still in the back of my mind,” Bekker said when probed on the matter.

Bekker noted though that there are currently good locks in the national set-up and he doesn’t expect the Bok coach to call on his services.

“It’s a tough one because I don’t think he (Coetzee) will go for the older guys now because he’s got Eben (Etzebeth), Lood (de Jager), Pieter-Steph (du Toit) and Franco (Mostert). All four of them are very young.

“So it’s tough to bring an older dog in, I don’t think it’s going to work, pushing forward to the World Cup… but if the question is there if I will play for the Boks, then definitely yes.”

Before he left for Japan, the 2.08m Bekker played 104 Super Rugby games for the Stormers between 2005 and 2013.

Read more on:    springboks  |  andries bekker  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 09 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Auckland 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Brisbane 12:05
South Africa v England, Johannesburg 17:05
Saturday, 16 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Wellington 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Melbourne 12:05
South Africa v England, Bloemfontein 17:05
Saturday, 23 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Dunedin 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Sydney 12:05
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 18 August 2018
South Africa v Argentina, Durban 00:00
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Argentina v South Africa, TBA 00:00
Saturday, 08 September 2018
Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 00:00
Vote

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.