Du Toit to focus on tighthead position
Durban - Junior Springbok and Sharks
front-rower Thomas du Toit says he will be focused on developing into a
full-time tighthead prop.
Du Toit emerged on the South African scene
as a looshead prop - a position he excelled in at junior and senior level.
However, he recently played an extended
role on the other side of the front row, featuring at tighthead for the Junior
Springboks during the World Rugby Under-20 Championship campaign in Italy.
The 20-year-old said he enjoyed the
“Tighthead is definitely the position I
want to play in future,” Du Toit told MyPlayers.co.za. “I enjoy the challenge
and there’s plenty of potential for me to establish myself in that position for
all the teams I play for.
“My time with the Junior Springboks allowed
me to gain valuable experience in the No 3 jersey. I’ve already chatted to Gary
Gold and John Smit at the Sharks, and they agree that I have a future at
tighthead, especially with (Springbok tighthead prop) Jannie du Plessis moving
on to Montpellier in France.
“However, it won’t be an immediate change.
I will be eased into the process, covering loosehead and tighthead prop when
necessary and making the most of every opportunity that comes my way. This will
help me develop into a quality tighthead.”
Speaking about his experience with the
Junior Springboks, Du Toit said he enjoyed the time on and off the field in
“The loss in the semi-finals hurt a lot. I
was part of a very strong squad, and I strongly believed we could go all the
way,” said Du Toit. “However, we showed in the third-place playoff what we were
really capable of.
“The Junior Springboks offer a very
professional environment. I also made plenty of new friendships with team-mates
and managements. I left Italy with many fond memories.”
Du Toit will enjoy some off time this week
before resuming training with the Sharks on Monday ahead of the Currie Cup.
“It definitely feels good to be back home
after spending a few weeks in Italy. It was a great trip, but South Africa will
always be home for me,” said Du Toit. “I’m enjoying some free time. My
girlfriend and I will be going to the family farm back in Paarl and do a few
things in Cape Town, which I’m very excited about.
“Then it’s back to training on Monday. It’s
going to be an exciting time for the Sharks, who will be aiming to win the
Currie Cup. I hope I can make valuable contribution to achieving that goal.”
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