Sharksworld was fortunate enough to get Bismarck du Plessis to answer some questions for us. In the coming year, we’ll endeavour to do quite a few of these, asking players some questions that hopefully they haven’t been asked before. Thanks a stack to Bismarck’s commercial manager, Hilton Houghton, for setting this up.
Sharksworld: What made your parents decide to call you Bismarck?
Bismarck du Plessis: My parents called me after my grandfather and his old man was named after a war veteran Otto Von Bismarck. We all have family names in our house.
SW: What is the biggest thing you hope to achieve in 2009?
BdP: Winning the Super 14 first and then the Big one: the LIONS TOUR. Oh and how nice would it be to top with the best ever Currie Cup!
SW: Is there any aspect of your game that you feel needs particular attention?
BdP: You can never stop changing your game; that is when you get left behind, so my whole game needs to improve every year.
SW: Would you trust your brother to perform an operation on you?
BdP: I trust my brother with my life, so what is an operation? He is my best friend and my blood.
SW: What is the best thing about living in Durban? And the worst?
BdP: Waking up seeing the blue see and playing for the sharks with my brother. Worst is Jan/Feb because it’s so hot but then there is always good with the bad, especially on the beach
SW: Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career so far? Why?
BdP: I am very fortune to have been coached by great coaches like Jake, Plum, Dic,k Peter and Rassie, but there was a coach Called Maruis Grobler – my first coach – who left his mark on me for ever.
SW: Who could down a sixpack of beer faster, you or your brother?
BdP: We would share it.
SW: Who is the hardest guy you have played with or against?
BdP: Johan Ackermann! Better I played with him than against. I wish you could see the size off him; he will crush your head with 2 fingers!
SW: Do you have any tattoos? If not, would you consider getting one?
BdP: I would love one if I can have one and be able to change it every 6 months and take it off when I want to.
SW: Who is the most laid-back guy in the Sharks team?
BdP: The Coach
Thanks a stack, Bismarck, and all the best for 2009.Tweet