Discarded Springbok centre Gcobani Bobo is keen to force his way back into the national set-up and challenge for a place in the squad against the British Lions in June.
Craig Ray reports for The Times Online that last year, the 29-year-old Bobo returned to the Springbok squad for the first time in four years. But he fell out of the Tri-Nations squad and then injured his shoulder, an injury that niggled and prevented him fighting to reclaim his place for the end-of-year tour.
“I’m very keen to get back into the Bok side,” Bobo told The Times. “I went for corrective surgery on my shoulder so I could improve my chances of getting back by playing better rugby.”
Bobo, who has captained most teams he has played in, is enough of a realist to know that the chance of ousting incumbents Adi Jacobs, Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie is massive. But he still backs his ability to push them hard for a coveted place against the Lions.
“It’s great for the country that there are so many excellent centres,” Bobo said. “In addition to Jean, Jaque and Adi, there is Frans Steyn and Wynand Olivier. That motivates me and if I can crack it against those guys then I can crack it against anyone .”
Right now Bobo is focused on making a success of his Stormers season and helping the team make the last four — something they missed out on by a point in 2008.
“With a settled squad that hasn’t changed much from last year, we are confident,” Bobo said.
“The importance of having a core group of players to build a team around is vital because it brings synergy and makes communication much easier.”Tweet