Janse van Rensburg not rushed to play for Boks

Date published: October 13 2016

Rohan Janse van Rensburg says he has the patience to wait for a Springbok call-up which will come at the right time.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee was criticised during the Rugby Championship for failing to pick Janse van Rensburg who has been the standout inside centre in South Africa this season.

Many felt the struggled of Damian de Allende and Juan de Jongh in the number 12 jersey justified a call-up for the Lions centre, but Coetzee stood firm saying the centres he had at his disposal was sufficient.

Janse van Rensburg told MyPlayers he was unfazed by all the hype around him.

“I really appreciate all the support I receive on and off the field, but I’m in no rush to push for opportunities at this stage of my career,” said Janse van Rensburg. 

“Like I said, I’m focused on helping the Lions continue their growth. I’m also focused on improving my game. I obviously have bigger ambitions, but I’m patient enough to earn them at the right time.”

The 22-year-old said he was happy with his form this season but is aiming to get even better next year.

“I’m very happy with my game at the moment, but there’s always room for improvement. There are certain areas I’m working on to ensure I become a better player going into the 2017 season,” he said.

Janse van Rensburg helped the Lions reach the Super Rugby final earlier this year and is currently preparing to help the Lions defend their Currie Cup title.

They face the unbeaten Cheetahs in the semi-finals in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

“We lost nine players to national call-ups after Super Rugby. A lot of credit must go to Johan Ackermann and his management as he didn’t depend on one team. He has developed a good squad of players here at the Lions, and some of the guys were able to step in for those who joined the Springboks,” Janse van Rensburg said.

“The match against the Cheetahs is going to be an exciting one for the players and the fans. It’s going to be a great game of running rugby as both teams will look to gain the upper hand.

“There’s plenty of confidence in our camp. We just need to keep focus and deliver on the day.”