Having played against him several times including a bruising friendly against the Sharks u19 a few years ago. I caught up with former SA u20 and Sharks prop Nick Schonert. Oh and he would have been a wing too…
Benedict: How are you Nick?
Nick: I am doing well thanks bud. I am just currently getting ready to make my move over to England.
B: You have been part of the Sharks since you played in the Grant Khomo tournament. How did it feel moving on?
N: It was sad at first, as KZN is my home. The Sharks have been a big part of my rugby career since leaving school, being my stepping stone into professional rugby. I am grateful to the Sharks but am very excited about my future abroad.
B: How was it learning from the best front rowers in the world at the Sharks?
N: I was lucky enough to play with Beast in Vodacom Cup, when he came back from injury as well as having many scrumming sessions with Jannie du Plessis. I learnt the most from Jannie as I have a lot of respect for the way he scrums.
B: Which Sharks forward had the most influence on your career?
N: Jean Deysel. He was my roommate during my first Super 15 tour. He introduced me to the larger side of rugby as well as what it takes to be a professional rugby player. We also get along very well as we are both are keen fishermen, although I’m better.
B: How does it feel playing for Shimlas (Varsity Cup rugby)?
N: It’s a lot like school boy rugby in the way of it being played with pride and passion with big crowds. It is probably my time of rugby that I enjoyed the most, as the Shimlas culture is a very friendly and an easy going one.
B: You joined a Griquas side that is known for punching above their weight. How was it?
N: It was a complete change of events coming from Sharks considered to be the top dogs, to a side where you are considered an underdog. I had to learn how to compete with stronger players. The drive and fight in the team was incredible to witness.
B: How is it trading the Kings Park turf for the turf in Kimberly which is known to be “special”?
N: It reminded me a lot of Maritzburg College Goldstones, HARD! It felt like home for me.
B: You are going to be joining your old team mate and mate Mike Williams. What influence did he have on you joining Worcester Warriors?
N: Mike is a very good friend of mine. We’ve played many games together and I enjoy his style of rugby. I would be happy to share a field with him again.
B: Why Worcester though?
N: Mike has told me so much about the club. The game over there would suite me as a player and from what I hear the coaches and players are fantastic and I am excited for the challenge.
B: Still earmarked as a future Springbok player, do you believe you can fulfill the potential?
N: As a sportsman, if you don’t see yourself going the distance, then you shouldn’t be playing the game.
B: Do you plan to return to South Africa to forge a Super Rugby stint?
N: Yes, but not any time soon.
B: Share a tale on your tour with the Sharks in Super Rugby?
N: What happens on tour stays on tour! (Breaks into loud laughter).
B: If you where a backline player, what position would you play? Why?
N: Wing, because I’m built for speed. Haha.
B: Thanks, all the best speedster and congratulations on the wedding.
N: Sure bud, a pleasure!Tweet