Regular blogger Americano requested that we try and hunt down AJ Venter for an interview and today we are proud to give you this exclusive Q&A with the legend himself:
1) You are a ginger. Do you have a special place in your heart for
You must first know that the ginger race is taking over the world, and we will not stop until it happens!!!! He is a great player, I dont know why us gingers always have that aggressive streak, but I like that about his play, I think he is gonna go all the way.
2) Your career took off in Bloemfontein, yet you are a bit of a
metrosexual. Did it bother you that Bloem only had one place where you
could catch a decent cuppachino?
When I played in bloem they didn’t even sell cappuchino’s, it was instant black or with milk thats it. When I moved to Italy from Bloem as a young cat, I arrived in the very modern Northern Italy with Khaki kit, I thought that Diesel is something you only put in tractors, I didn’t know it was a very fashionable clothing brand (shocked) But I love the way the Cheetahs play their rugby now, they are definitely my favorite team at this moment.
3) You were schooled at HTS Louis Botha. Have you checked in to see
how remarkably well your alma mater is doing, especially in athletics?
I have not been back for years, but I hooked up with an old school mate afew weeks ago, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear that they are doing really well in sport now. When I was there myself Okkert Brits and Allen Donald was the only Springboks from HTS. I should definitely go back for a look see.
4) You were one of the pioneer South African players to play a stint
overseas before coming back to complete an illustrious career. Is the
current player exodus a good thing?
It is unfortunate for South Africa that we lose our best players to the
pound and Euro, but if you look at it from the players perspective it is just fair that they look after themselves and their families, a rugby players life is short and you have to make the best of it.
5) Many people feel the current Bok loose trio are not balanced as we
lack a skillfull link player. You played with some great loose trios, so
what is your opinion in this regard?
I absolutely love the loose trio at this moment, I think they gel well
together. These are the best strongest fastest and most skilfull guys in the world, and we have so much depth in the country as well, SA has always produced amazing loosies and we always will.
6) What are your thoughts on the the launch of the Economic Freedom
Fighters in Marikana this past weekend?
Like all of us my first sentiment is fear, fear because of the slight chance that those guys that call them leaders of EFF could actually be our “leaders” one day. It definitely gives me an uncomfortable feeling.
7) Do you still buy CD’s or do you use a streaming service, and who
are your favorite bands right now?
CD ? what is that…….. I love music, I listen to all kinds of music, but
the stuff that really gets me going is deep house and house. I listen more to non commercial music, a bit of underground stuff you know…….
8) If smartphones were rugby players, which one best represents AJ
I have always been an Apple (iphone man) but I lost my phone and our store in Ballito had no iphones, so by default I bought the new Samsang Galaxy S1v, let me tell you I can believe how amazing that phone is and a cant believe that I waisted my time with iphone for that long. So ’cause its amazing I am the Galaxy, hehe
9) Who is going to win the Currie Cup and why?
Its gonna be tough, but I think WP stand a good change this year,we will have to wait and see.
Well there you have it guys. If you have any other questions to ask AJ please go ahead – we can try hussle him to get on here and defend himself! In the meantime you can follow AJ on Twitter @AJVenter_
Thanks so much for your time AJ. The image of you arrive with two-tones in Italy is truly one to behold!