Venter hopes to contribute at Wembley

Date published: November 3 2016

New Springbok centre Francois Venter wants to make an impact and not just make up the numbers against the Barbarians at Wembley.

The Cheetahs captain featured for South Africa 'A' earlier this year against the England Saxons, and following his selection for this Saturday's match moves a step closer to winning his first Test cap.

Venter's good form in Super Rugby has resulted in a call-up and he will partner another rising star in South Africa in midfield when he teams up with Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

Discussing his selection, the 25-year-old Venter admitted that his selection was a dream come true.

"It's a huge honour for me. Every boy in South Africa dreams to be able to do this," Venter said.

"The most important thing is to not just get into the side, but to contribute."

Venter added that while success for the Springboks may not come overnight, all the players were invested in the coaches' game-plan moving forward, despite some tough results in the Rugby Championship.

South Africa will take on England, Italy and Wales after this weekend's outing at the traditional home of English football at Wembley Stadium.

"We have a plan and we work very hard, so it is all about contributing and making it a successful unit – maybe not overnight, but we have a plan and everyone has bought in and we're working towards that," Venter continued.

"Personally for me, this is a great opportunity. I want to grab it with both hands and go and enjoy myself."