Aplon reveals success recipe

October 25, 2013
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GioAplon101106TryG300Western Province fullback Gio Aplon says the reason for his recent return to good form can be put down to one thing… enjoyment.

By: Sport24

WP’s X-factor player has had a stellar season for the defending Currie Cup champions and the 31-year-old says his is simply enjoying his rugby again.

“Sometimes you forget to enjoy your rugby. It’s healthy to have goals but enjoyment is also very important,” he told Die Burger’s website.

Aplon scored a magnificent 50m solo try in WP’s semi-final win over the Golden Lions last week and has improved his overall game significantly this Currie Cup season.

He also hopes his form has caught the eye of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, who has shied away from picking the nippy speedster.

Aplon has only played for the Springboks once in Meyer’s tenure – against England in Port Elizabeth last year – with the coach since opting for bigger and more physical players.

The possibility of playing for the Boks will always stay in my thoughts. If I don’t want to play for WP and the Boks anymore, then it will be time to stop,” said Aplon.

He will have his hands full though on Saturday against a very physical Sharks team in the Currie Cup final at Newlands.

Who knows, maybe if he passes that test, Meyer may change his mind…

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7 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    “The possibility of playing for the Boks will always stay in my thoughts. If I don’t want to play for WP and the Boks anymore, then it will be time to stop,” said Aplon

    Just the right mind-set if you play the game.

  2. avatar Craven says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Gio, I hope you will REALLY ENJOY the game tomorrow!

  3. avatar Ollie says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    @Craven:

    But may Lambie enjoy his more :-)

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    @Ollie: :)

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Definitely one of my favourite players…

  6. avatar Craven says:
    October 26th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    @Ollie:

    I actually hope Lambie has an awesome game tomorrow, forcing Heyneke to utilise him more on tour.

    But not too good though!

  7. avatar Craven says:
    October 26th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Make that today rather.

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