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James brings new energy to Boks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 3 Jun 2008 at 22:56

Butch James, a European Challenge Cup winner with English club Bath, is back in Springbok green and gold and relishing the chance to add a another chapter to his illustrious international career, following the World Cup-winning exploits of 2007.

“It’s such an honour to be back with the Boks,” James said on Tuesday.

“Obviously we achieved something massive last year,”! he said of South Africa’s World Cup triumph, adding: “But the opportunity to build on that success and not just be satisfied with being the best team in the world for four weeks is a challenge I’m really enjoying.”

Rugby 365 reports that the Bok No.10 also spoke of the vigour with which the team has approached their preparations for the first of two Tests against Wales, in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

“There’s an energy in the camp that’s going to lead to big things, I think. As a squad we’ve got big goals, but we need to make sure we’re only focusing on the next step in order to succeed at the bigger plan.”

James has returned from a highly successful European and domestic season with English Premiership club, Bath, a spell that has expanded his horizons.

“It was a great experience and I really enjoyed my time in England.

“There was a stage in 2005 when I thought I wouldn’t get to play rugby again, let alone with clubs of the calibre of Bath. It was awesome.”

James has slotted in seamlessly into the Bok setup following his return a week ago, and has brought direction and impetus to the backline when he’s run on at No.10.

He has been a voice of caution at all team discussions this week, ensuring that the Welsh get the respect they deserve ahead of the match on Saturday.

“I played against a lot of the Welsh guys in the last year, and being in England saw a lot of the Six Nations. They’re a quality outfit, make no mistake, and we expect a very stern test from them on Saturday.”


  • “It was a great experience and I really enjoyed my time in England.”

    I am reading too much into that comment or is it very past tense….come on Sharks take the cheque book out and ensure Butchie wears black and white in 2009.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.06.08 10:42:44 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 1) :

    For sure – we need him back!

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.06.08 10:50:53 by Nessa Reply
    NessaCurrie Cup player
  • Very happy Mr de Villiers picked Butch.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.06.08 10:51:32 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 3) :

    Yes I moaning about De Villiers comments in the media on another threat but I can’t fault him on his team calls…..so far ;)

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.06.08 10:54:32 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • Go Butch…!!!

    No! No! No!
    I mean Come Back Butch!

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.08 11:12:17 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player

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