“This Is A Great Opportunity For Everyone In The Team” – Thomas du Toit


Tempting as it may be, playing as individuals against Munster will not serve South Africa ‘A’ and they know a proper team effort will go much further in impressing the national selectors with an eye on breaking into the Springbok squad.

That was the unmistakable message from SA ‘A’  team captain Thomas du Toit on the eve of their match against Munster Rugby.

Du Toit, one of 14 capped Springboks in the side, had a short stint with Munster six years ago and knows all about the passion and tradition of the side, and he warned his team-mates that cohesion will be paramount against a host team that also feature a number of internationals.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone in the team, to throw our names in the hat to play for the Springboks,” said Du Toit.

“Some of us have been there before and it’s everyone’s dream to be in the Bok squad, but we will have to find a balance between showcasing our talents and playing as a team. If we can win the match, everyone will look better, and we fully understand it.

“Munster won’t roll over, they have a great team and we’re expecting a wonderful game. We’re not going to be naïve, we know what this means to them and I’m sure Ireland’s victory over the Boks will give them some advantage, but this is a new game between new teams and all of us as very excited about this opportunity.”

With adverse conditions predicted for Cork on Thursday night, with wind and rain expected, Du Toit said they will be ready.

“We trained in similar conditions this week, perhaps not quite as windy, but it’s the same for both teams and we are raring to go, and it will be up to both sides to roll with the punches best tomorrow night,” said Du Toit.