The ‘Bone Collector’ means business

Date published: August 14 2015

Willem Alberts admits it's been frustrating having to wait on the sidelines as he prepares for a first Test appearance in 2015.

The Springbok back row will start in Saturday's clash with Argentina as South Africa look to bounce back from being whitewashed in the Rugby Championship.

The low point was undoubtedly the home loss to the Pumas, South Africa's first against Argentina, and as a result Heyneke Meyer has rung the changes in his team.

Nicknamed 'the 'Bone Collector' , Alberts, who has struggled this season with a series of niggles, comes into the back row, and will start at blindside, offering the ball-carrying that has been lacking so far this year.

"Obviously it’s been a while since I played a Test. This year was a bit of a frustrating year with a couple of injury niggles but I had some good time off and time to work hard and I’m looking forward to playing this weekend," said Alberts.

"Normally the blindside flanker is the ball-carrier. It’s something that I like to do and also it’s just part of my job.

"I just try to get the ball in my hand and also on defence just make sure that I slot into the defensive structures and make my one-on-one tackles and do my part to help the team.

"The first games I was feeling the same as every other supporter and I felt we could have won those. The last game I felt a bit frustrated like everybody else but as a player I knew that the guys worked hard every time."