Rugby legend praises Januarie

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Stormers on 16 May 2008 at 08:22

Cape Town – Australian rugby legend Nick Farr-Jones had high praise for Stormers scrumhalf Ricky Januarie when he visited the Western Cape on Thursday.

Farr-Jones, who captained Australia in 36 of his 63 Test matches, also complimented the Stormers on their spirit and style of rugby.

“I have watched some Super 14 matches and Ricky has been playing outstanding rugby,” said Farr-Jones, one of the heroes in the team that won the World Cup in 1991.

“Ricky has good organisational skills and he’s a fiery player. He kicks well and the opposition has to keep an eye on him.

“I’m also impressed by the spirit that is coming through at the Stormers and by their style of play,” Farr-Jones said.

“There are some outstanding scrumhalves in the Super 14 this year but I have seen too little to express an opinion about who should play for the Springboks.

“Luke Burgess, of the Waratahs, has also done well and I think he will play for the Wallabies.”

Farr-Jones also expressed support for the experimental laws that have been tried out in the Super 14 competition but he feels the northern and southern hemisphere will have to come to some compromise.

Give and take

“I don’t think we have to include all the experimental laws but it’s been a good start,” he said.

“We saw much more exciting rugby but the northern hemisphere is not excited about it. There will have to be some give and take on both sides.

“We in the south should not try to push through everything too quickly and too dramatically but those in the north must realise a little change is good for the game.”

Farr-Jones visited the Trafalgar High School on Thursday in his capacity as a patron of the JAG foundation.

Most of the foundation’s activities are centred on primary schools that do not have sports programmes in place. However, last year they sponsored Trafalgar, who won the world touch-rugby championship for high schools.

Januarie will be a key figure when the Stormers play the Lions in their big Super 14 battle in Johannesburg on Saturday. Playing against his former team-mates, he has an opportunity to show why he should wear the Springbok No 9 jersey this year. His form has made him the leading SA scrumhalf this season.

Victory at Ellis Park is non-negotiable for the Stormers, who will also have to ensure they maintain their points-difference lead over the Sharks.

Both teams still have a chance of qualifying for next week’s semi-finals but there may be room for only one of them.

Stephen Nell News 24


  • Definitely the in the form of his life…

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.05.08 08:57:52 by bryce_in_oz Reply
    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • Better than 2005 bryce?

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.05.08 08:59:06 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PJLD (Comment 2) :

    I think we would only really be able to judge that if he pulls on the green and gold again…

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.05.08 09:00:17 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • The Cape is doing Mr Calender good…I can even tolerate him a little….but JUST a little! :wink: Defnitely doing a great job this season….

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.05.08 09:00:45 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 3) :
    Fair enuff

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.05.08 09:05:05 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Yeah PJ… he’s a far more rounded player this year so far…

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.05.08 10:06:05 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • he was magic in 2005

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.05.08 12:18:24 by knersboy Reply

    knersboyVodacom Cup player
  • He has never been one of my favourites but must agree with Ice – he has looked good since going to the Cape.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.05.08 12:25:17 by Nessa Reply

    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • @knersboy (Comment 7) :
    Still waiting for him to get his pass of 2005 back.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.05.08 12:33:39 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • I agree…January is back to his 2006 form….plus he added a good boot to that….so in my mind even better…

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.05.08 17:01:32 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 10) :

    Maybe the limited participation in the WC woke him up a lil….

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.05.08 17:02:01 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @PJLD (Comment 2) :


    Then he could not kick….nojw he kicks with both…
    Plus he is accurate with his passing and his defensive game is on top gear again…

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.05.08 17:03:20 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Oh my word I have dethroned Sharkette…

    I guess that makes you my queen now KSA…

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  • Comment 13, posted at 16.05.08 17:05:33 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Ok ok,true he couldn’t kick for shit back in ’05 but im still concerned over his odd wobbly pass.
    That bullet he used to have was what made me take note of him in the first place.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.05.08 17:06:16 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Shit i spend too much time on this site

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.05.08 17:06:57 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PJLD (Comment 14) :

    True…but his passing is more accurate than not…

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.05.08 17:09:40 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Not too sure hey
    Anyhoo im out

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.05.08 17:14:16 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Kool Mr…

    See you soon…

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.05.08 17:15:09 by Hmmm Reply

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