Sharks loose forward Willem Alberts turns 28 today.
After casting in his lot with the Durban side a few years ago, former Monnas boy Alberts – known as “Big Vic” to his friends- has quickly established himself as a crowd favourite with fans of the black and white. His bullocking runs and smashing defensive hits in the number 7 jersey have earned him another title – “the Bone Collector” and it’s on the back of these great exploits that he’s gone on to represent the national side regularly over the last 2 seasons, including playing a starring role at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
While 2012 has not quite gone to plan for Vic, with a chronic shoulder injury and the associated rehabilitation leading to a dip in form, we know the class and character of the man in question will drive him to reclaim his previous heights and we look forward to many more years of bone-crunching hits and glorious galloping runs from our gentle giant.
Have a lekker birthday, Willem! We all remain in awe of the skills you display on the rugby field, as well as the person you are off it and wait with baited breath to see you back in action as soon as possible.Tweet