Benedict chats to Johan Meyer

Written by Benedict Chanakira (bchanakira2)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 30 Jul 2015 at 10:29
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We had a chat with Johan Meyer, who was part of the Sharks family for a few years. Johan managed to play for the U19 side, Vodacom Cup and has a few Currie Cup appearances for the coastal side. Meyer now finds himself in new shores and is looking forward to writing a new story in this new chapter.

Hey Johan, how are you?

Great thanks man, good to chat to someone from back home!

You played your rugby first at Border, how was it growing up in that environment and also do you plan to one day go back there and finish you playing career?

It was quite tough, and when your dream is to play for border and represent the province. You could not actually play for the senior side but there were a lot of doors opened in the process. I can’t plan ahead, but maybe in the future I could play a few casual games there. Maybe!

Let us talk a bit about club rugby in Durban, Which team will always be your home?

I started out at Collegians, but my team will have to be Crusaders who made me feel at home. I really enjoyed working under Ronnie Uys and he helped me develop and mature.

You are one of the smaller number eights, but you make up for the lack of size with power, being explosive and speed. Do you feel it will be a positive or negative when you play in the Northern Hemisphere?

It’s definitely going to improve me and it will also allow me to approach the game in a manner that suits me of speed, explosiveness while linking with the backline. I will definitely look forward to the challenge. I am looking forward to adapting to Northern Hemisphere conditions!

As a player what do you feel are your greatest attributes?

My speed mostly and my ball skills are among my best attributes. Johann last tested to be running at 4.96 over 40m a few months ago.

Your ACL injury in 2012?

I was devastated to get that injury in 2012. It was really tough to return from that injury and it was mentally tough. I thought I would not come back but I managed to overcome that barrier and not only got mentally stronger but also managed to become stronger and faster as a player.

Which coach managed to have the most impact on your playing career?

Sean Everitt definitely. After the injury he managed to back me as a player and got me to believe in myself again.

Your most memorable moment at the Sharks?

It definitely had to be my Currie Cup debut in 2014, which saw me play with some of my heroes. It was a special occasion for me. There was so much excitement I remember the excitement really.

The World Cup is around the corner, how do you thing the Springboks are going to fare?

It’s been a tough few games for them and they may be struggling in a few areas but come the World Cup, I believe they will make it count and be there or thereabouts.

Why Italy? Tell us about your new team. What is it like to be in the Italian environment which must be a contrast to that which is in SA?

I definitely felt the environment and the fact they make me feel at home honestly. I want to bring something special and it was a different experience and all my mates say it’s similar to South Africa
and I feel part of the family and the culture.

How good is your Italian?

I have been here for just over a week, I am learning and know a few words. It’s not great but I am getting there.

Finally, if you are to be stuck on a desert, which three players would you want to be stuck on it with?

*chuckles* I would have to say Roelof Smit, Justin Downey and Neil Maritz.


  • Doesn’t look that small for a no8 to me. Good luck to him, hope he kills it over there

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.07.15 10:52:53 by RuckingFun Reply
  • No he’s quite a big fella,probably 1.91 or 1.92, also probably between 105-110kg

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.07.15 17:15:42 by Ludz Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 2) : @RuckingFun (Comment 1) : He is not small, but compared to the other number 8’s in the world he is listed at – 1.93 – 101kg. In the modern game that is close to small for number 8’s= http://www.unionsportsgroup.com/rugby-players/juniors/76-john-meyer

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.07.15 10:05:47 by bchanakira2 Reply
  • Good luck, Johan!

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.15 17:43:49 by pastorshark Reply
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