Former Springboks, Sharks and Cheetahs and now Lions prop forward Jannie du Plessis says he is relishing the prospect of being back home in South Africa and doing what he loves the most, playing rugby.
The 37-year-old Du Plessis joined the Johannesburg side after spending the last three years in France in the books of Montpellier. Du Plessis says he can’t wait for the season to get under way.
After spending over eight years with the Sharks and amassing over 100 Super Rugby caps in his province of birth, KwaZulu-Natal, Du Plessis says he enjoyed his time in France but feels it was time to come back home.
He says he knows that he has to be at his best in order to keep up with the standard in the Southern Hemisphere.
Following the Springboks Rugby World Cup triumph under Rassie Erasmus, an animated Du Plessis believes that they don’t need to change much going forward with the style of rugby they are playing. He also offered advise to his former coach at the Cheetahs, Erasmus.
– Report by Thando Gqamane