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In his own words: Bismarck du Plessis


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 22 Jan 2009 at 15:23
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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.



30 Comments

  • funny guy, this :)

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.01.09 15:35:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • “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!”

    BWAAAAHAAAHAAA!!!

    Old Johan was an yster no doubt.

    Strange that he was named after old Otto – not much liked outside of Germany.

    He was a brilliant soldier though.

    Hope you have a great season Bismark!

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.01.09 15:41:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • My parents also ‘called’ me after my grandfather. :wink: :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.01.09 15:41:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • Most laidback guy the coach. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.01.09 15:43:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : was your grandfather mclovin von schmidt

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.01.09 15:46:07 by try time Reply

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  • SW: Who could down a sixpack of beer faster, you or your brother?
    BdP: We would share it. :roll:

    :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.01.09 15:47:36 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • Rob, thanks a stax for the interview with my absolute favorite Shark and Bok! :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.01.09 15:48:11 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • hey guys, I’m helping someone out with something, if you could assist, I’m pulling blanks. Who do you reckon are the least popular Aussie/NZ players in this years super14? And what order would you put them in?:
    AUS:
    1. Clyde Rathbone
    2. Quade Cooper

    NZ:
    1. Jimmy Cowan

    Any help will do.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.01.09 15:56:57 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 8) : Brad Thorn?

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.01.09 16:11:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : oooh, good one.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.01.09 16:14:49 by molly Reply
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  • must say, the answer about sharing the 6-pack is classic!

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.01.09 17:07:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • sharing a 6er.why.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.01.09 17:25:41 by PJLD Reply
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  • Never heard a guy being so openly affectionate about his brother in public.

    Kudo’s to him.

    Good interview Rob.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.01.09 20:15:28 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 13) : fanks Morras. I just sent some questions through. Wanted them to be a little different to the run-of-the-mill. The bond of love between these two brothers is frankly uncanny. GREAT stuff.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.01.09 20:19:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    Really enjoyed it – different from the usual garbage you read asking the same thing in different ways.

    Keep it up dude.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.01.09 20:30:45 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 15) : wait till you see the ones I asked Kanko :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.01.09 20:50:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    Not many oues can be bliksemed by their brother and then stitched up by him afterwards. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.01.09 21:23:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yeah…funny guy…until he steps on the field…

    Nice one Rob – and thanks for sharing Bis…

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.01.09 07:30:12 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • OOOO I have some AWSOME questions you can ask KanKo!!!

    Ohh yea and MorneM i did not mean 2 call u ‘dof’. Well sorta, but in the nicest way possible!

    He should get a Tattoo! Tats are awsome!
    But like a sharky tattoo or something, or like what about “My fans are awsome” tattoo!

    Dont worry guys, when school starts Ill be out of your blogs!… Maybe!
    Old people say interesting things!

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.01.09 08:05:41 by NickyB Reply

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  • @NickyB (Comment 19) : He he…I don’t think he’s ready to sign a permanent contract with the Sharks…

    You can hang out here for as long as you want- but don’t forget- School is cool! (I hope that sounded old)

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.01.09 08:12:03 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • Nahhh, After 11years of it!
    I am ready 2 say! “Im 2 cool 4 school!” “But ready steady 4 uni!!”

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.01.09 08:15:57 by NickyB Reply

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  • @NickyB (Comment 19) :

    No worries, I have been called much worse in the past.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.01.09 08:17:24 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 22) : And there is plenty abuse still to come….waiting for the 14th of Feb :wink: :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.01.09 10:33:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • anyone seen my teeth?

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.01.09 10:39:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : I did, but I can’t remember where…

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.01.09 10:47:32 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • Hoessit you lot of Geezers.

    Finally remembered my password (Alzheimers) and seems the goode ol’ Oirish coffee steadies the Parkinsososososons (ok, to some extent at least).
    :bentoveroldguywithwalkingring:

    Ok, back to the subject… Anyone by any chance also attended Kovsies while the Du Plessis bro’s were still there, and knew more than the average Joe about them? Please put up your hand so’s I can confirm something?

    BobD, you sure the Tooth Fairy didn’t come round?…

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.01.09 14:42:21 by Namboer Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 25) :
    What are teeth? :cry:

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.01.09 15:06:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Oh what bad luck being named (called) after his grandfather…

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.01.09 19:29:04 by Hmmm Reply

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  • SW: Do you have any tattoos? If not, would you consider getting one?
    BdP: I would love one if I can have one….

    Hope the mother did not say no…LoL :grin:

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.01.09 19:31:11 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Enjoyed the interview. Nice work.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.01.09 12:55:11 by billy Reply

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