Pedrie Wannenburg has substituted beer with energy drinks as he aims to achieve his goal of playing in a Test against the British and Irish Lions.
JJ Harmse writes for Rapport that Wannenburg has missed out on two World Cups, but feels one Test against the Lions will make up for that disappointment. And the 28-year-old Bulls loose forward’s thirst for international rugby has certainly not been quenched.
However, he is facing a tough road back to the Bulls starting line-up even before he can start thinking of the Springboks.
“I know hard work awaits me. To play against the Lions is special and I want to pull a Bok jersey over my head again. That’s why I’m happy to do the hard work,” he said.
Wannenburg was definitely unlucky not to play in a World Cup in 2003 or 2007.
He made his Bok debut in 2002, but did not make the World Cup squad in 2003 because he was out of favour with former Bok skipper Corné Krige. This influenced former coach Rudolf Straeuli’s selection.
Wannenburg, whose last Test was in 2007 against New Zealand in Christchurch, also missed the World Cup that year because of Jake White’s apparent favouring of Bob Skinstad.
“I know where I stand at the Bulls and what I need to do to get to the top again. I believe I can rise to that challenge,” said Wannenburg.
He played for a second string Bulls team against the Lions in a warm-up game on Saturday, which shows that he has a few notches to climb before realising his goal.
Bulls coach Frans Ludeke holds they key to a big year for Wannenburg and should give him a fair chance.
The loose-trio playing in a warm-up game against the Cheetahs on Friday consists of Pierre Spies, Deon Stegman and Dewald Potgieter.Tweet