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.”Tweet