Saturday, 17 November 2018

‘I can’t play golf in this weather but I can actually fly a small plane . . .’

‘I can’t play golf in this weather but I can actually fly a small plane . . .’
26 Oct

Munster’s Arno Botha is tackled by Rabz Maxwane of Toyota Cheetahs
Munster’s Arno Botha is tackled by Rabz Maxwane of Toyota Cheetahs

1. What’s your pre-training routine?

I listen to music and watch a few funny videos on my phone. Nothing too serious otherwise I might get psyched too early and burn some energy.

2. You’re in charge of the after-match tunes, what goes on first?

If I can’t put anything Afrikaans on it will just be some chilled acoustic music from the 80s or 90s.

3. Imagine a world where you’re not a rugby player – what’s your job?

I would be a pastor or a pilot.

4. Stranded on a desert island, what three things do you take?

Flint, a machete, a tent and definitely Tom Hanks if he can come.

5. Which team-mate would you want with you and why?

CJ Stander because he can keep my busy with a lot of stories and we would be handy.

6. What’s your favourite Instagram page you follow and why?

Jonathan Shuttlesworth, he’s an evangelist. I like people who try and make a difference and try to do the right things. He is a very good example of that.

7 What do you do when not training or playing a match?

I really want to say I read a lot but I don’t anymore. I can’t say golf because of the weather. At the moment it’s Fortnite and going for coffee with the boys. I like to watch a movie too.

8. What’s your first sporting memory as a player or spectator?

Scoring my first try, I was seven in primary school. Running up to my dad and giving him a hug afterwards.

9. You have one moment from your career to do over. What is it?

It’s difficult to say because I don’t want to sound like I have any regrets in my rugby career. But probably to go off a bit earlier in 2014 in the warm-up game against Stormers. I shouldn’t have done my ACL for the second time. But you never know what could have happened. I might not have been here at Munster. At the moment it’s perfect.

10. What rugby skill would you most like to possess?

Probably to be a very good kicker, like Joey Carbery.

11. Favourite song lyric?

Like a Rock by Bob Seger, that’s my favourite song anyway.

12. What current player in your position do you most admire?

George Smith. He is 38 and still playing professional rugby as a loose forward. That is a very good accomplishment. He played 111 games for Australia also. He works hard on the field and obviously off the field looking after himself. If you look at the average 38-year-old they don’t look like him.

13. What former coach has had the biggest effect on your game and why?

Heyneke Meyer. He is one of the guys that got me to go to the Bulls. Not so much physically but mentally he had an impact on my game. There are some things that he thought me that I really needed to take forward. There are a lot of coaches in my life that made a very big difference but I would have to say him.

14. What was your first car?

A Corsa Lite Sport 1.4.

15. What sporting event makes your bucket list?

Definitely a UFC main event. Front row seats obviously thank you.

16. One minute to go in the Champions Cup final, your team is four points down back on your own line. What do you do?

I would think of what we are doing in training all of the time, keep the ball, keep the ball and be patient. It’s something we have trained to do.

17. What was the last concert you went to?

Ed Jordan, a South African singer.

18. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I have my private pilot licence. I can actually fly a small plane.

19. What’s your best memory playing rugby for Munster?

I have only played four games so probably scoring my first try. Having all of the guys coming over and celebrating with me. I don’t score a lot so that was probably my best one so far.

20. Who’ll win the 2019 Guinness PRO14, Champions Cup and Rugby World Cup?

Munster, Munster and South Africa.

Irish Independent



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