New arrival caps off a superb year for Johann Muller

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 27 Nov 2008 at 10:10
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Sharks Currie Cup captain Johann Muller is an understandably “happy man” at the moment. A month ago he led his team to Currie Cup glory while last week his wife, Mariska, gave birth to their first-born child, Anja.

“It certainly has been a great few months,” Muller beamed. “Not only winning the Currie Cup but then to be there for the birth of our daughter is something unbelievable. 2008 is definitely a year I’ll never forget,” he tells Craig Lewis of IOL.

“I’m really blessed, there are so many things we can be grateful for. Personally, to captain the Sharks to their first Currie Cup victory in 12 years was so special and then to feel this love for my daughter is something I can’t describe,” he added.

Muller was a central figure throughout the Sharks’ Currie Cup campaign, not only did he play in all but one game but his leadership was crucial to their success.

The 28-year-old also established himself as one of the country’s leading locks and was widely regarded to have been extremely unlucky to miss out on selection for the Springboks recently completed end-of-year tour.

“To be honest, I was disappointed to not be selected but that’s life and sometimes just the way things happen,” Muller admitted.

“In the end the big man upstairs knows best and I needed to be home. If I did go on that tour I would have missed the birth of my first child, so He’s got a plan and in the end it worked out perfectly.”

Muller, who has toured with the Boks on their previous two end-of-year tours, said he thought the national team could be very proud of beating Wales, Scotland and England over the last month.

“Obviously in the first two games they didn’t play as well as they could have but it’s always going to be difficult when the players come from the Currie cup and they haven’t played together for a few months.

“Going over there in different conditions and having played a lot of rugby over the year, there were some understandably tired players.

“However, the performance against England was absolutely fantastic, they were just outstanding, especially on defence, which is what won it for them in my opinion. I’m really chuffed for them and to come back unbeaten is a great achievement. I’m also really happy for John (Smit) who was inspirational as captain and adapted really well to first play at tighthead and then after having to move back to hooker. Obviously the Boks still lie close to my heart and when they do well it’s such a pleasure for me to watch them.”

He added that he was really looking forward to the challenge of trying to work his way back into the Springbok mix in 2009.


  • Congrats Mr & Mrs Muller. :grin:

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.11.08 11:10:40 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : Johanns’ wife Marisca is such a cool lady… she works at the academy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.11.08 11:42:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Congratulations Johan – maybe you should name her Currie… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.11.08 12:38:31 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 3) : ha ha ha :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.11.08 12:54:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • And just the week before, Johan’s (beanpole) cousin celebrated the birth of his first child, also a little girl.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.11.08 13:05:16 by Le Req Reply
    QuinnysharkCurrie Cup player
  • @Le Req (Comment 5) : hey – you’ve been scarce! What’s up?

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.11.08 13:18:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Congrats to the Muller family.
    Also great to hear him so happy for the Boks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.11.08 13:18:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Congratulations Johan and Mariska!
    @robdylan (Comment 2) : not to mention she is very pretty too!

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.11.08 08:53:06 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

    Sharksmad - The Blog's DudetteSuper Rugby player
  • Compiments from Mad… :wink:

    The rfu set up a helpline for disappointed fans after a disasterous season
    The number is 0800 10 10 10
    Thats 0800 won nothing,won nothing,won nothing!

    There are two man made things can be seen from space,
    The great wall of china and the hole in the english defence

    Whats the difference between english team and an arsonist???
    An arsonist would not waste 17 matches

    The England team’s training session was delayed on Monday for nearly two hours at Twickenham.
    One of the players, while on his way back to the dressing room happened to look down and notice a suspicious looking, unknown white powdery substance at the end of the field.
    Coach Martin Johnson immediately suspended practice while the Police were called in to investigate.
    After a complete field analysis, the Police determined that the white substance, unknown to the players, was the try line. Practice was resumed when the officials decided that it was unlikely that the team would encounter the substance again.

    Martin Johnson on Monday morning takes the england team for a training session, first up he tells the players
    to take up their normal positions,
    so they all go behind the posts to wait for the conversion!!

    FOR SALE One chariot, (low-swinging, sweet type), in urgent need of repair (wheels have come off..again). One careless owner, details from Martin, Tel.Twickenham 42-6.

    Following complaints made to the IRB by the English about the All Blacks being allowed to motivate themselves by performing the ‘Haka’ before their games, the IRB has now agreed to the following pre-match display:

    The England team will chat about the weather, wave hankies in the air, attach bells to their ankles and dance around like nancy-boys before moaning about how they invented the game and gave it to the world, and how it’s not fair that everyone still thinks New Zealand are the best team in the world.

    Little Johnny was in his junior school class when the teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up;-
    Fireman, policeman, salesman, politician; Brucie was being uncharacteristically quiet and so the teacher asked him about his father.
    “My father’s an exotic dancer in a gay club and takes off all his clothes in front of other men. Sometimes, if the offer’s really good, he’ll go out with a man, rent a cheap room and let them shag him.”
    The teacher hurriedly set the other children to work on some colouring and then took Little Brucie aside.
    She asked him, “Is that really true about your father?”
    “No,” said Johnny, “My father plays rugby for England, but I was just too embarrassed to say”.

    Four surgeons are taking a coffee break. The first one says, “Accountants are the best to operate on because when you open them up everything inside them is numbered.” The second surgeon says, “Nah, librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order.” Third surgeon says, “Try electricians. Everything inside them is colour-coded.” The fourth one says, “I prefer English rugby players. They’re heartless, spineless, gutless and their heads and arses are interchangeable.”

    Q. How do you get four English Players on a bar stool?
    A. Turn it upside down.

    Did you hear about the politician who was found dead in an English rugby jersey? The police had to dress him up in women’s underwear in order to save his family from the embarrassment.

    Snow White returned to the cottage to find it had burned down. Distraught, she searches for the dwarfs in the forest and hears a lone voice chanting, “England for the World Cup, England for the World Cup, England for the World Cup.” On hearing this, Snow White gave a little sigh of relief as she knew that at least Dopey was safe.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.11.08 08:54:27 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • Congrats to the Mullers! :grin:

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.11.08 08:55:28 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • What time the 7s dudes play?

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.11.08 08:59:39 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Oh they have played already.Beat Scotland 31 – 10

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.11.08 09:01:03 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Seeing as it is FRIDAY today I thought I’d post the joke of the day:

    A fleeing Taliban, desperate for water, was trudging through the Afghanistan desert when he saw something far off in the distance.

    Hoping to find water, he hurried towards it, only to find a little old Jewish man at a small stand selling ties.

    The Taliban asked, ‘Do you have water?’

    The Jewish man replied, ‘I have no water… But would you like to buy a tie? They are only $5.’

    The Taliban shouted, ‘Infidel! I do not need an over-priced tie! I need water! I should kill you!! But I must find water first!’

    ‘OK, OK’ said the old Jewish man, ‘It does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie and that you hate me. I will show you that I am bigger than that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely restaurant. It has ALL the ice cold water you need. Shalom.’

    Muttering, the Taliban staggered away over the hill.

    Several hours later he staggered back, almost dead…

    ‘Your brother won’t let me in without a tie!!!!’

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.11.08 09:13:42 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 13) :

    Clever businessman.. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.11.08 09:18:03 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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