Mouritz Botha, a Saffa from Vryheid, could be the surprise package in England’s squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Hendrik Cronjé, Sport24
Botha became eligible to play for England this year.
[RW NOTE: And is the brother of RugRat Methos, who plays club rugby in France.]
Other news is that the Bulls are apparently looking to gain the services of the Stormers’ emerging star centre Johann Sadie, whilst Stephen Nell reports Ricky Januarie’s move to French club side Lyon could potentially pave the way for Francois Hougaard to play for the Stormers in next year’s Super Rugby tournament.
Hougaard, 23, attended Paul Roos Gymnasium and made his senior debut for the Cape provincial side at 18 years of age. He was lured to Pretoria at the end of 2007.
The 29-year Saracens lock has been lauded by the English media after his feisty performance at Gloucester’s Kingsholm ground against Tonga on Sunday.
It was especially his bone crunching tackles on the physical Tongans that attracted big attention in the English Saxons’ 41-14 victory in a Churchill Cup match.
Saxons’ coach Stuart Lancaster, said that many of their forwards impressed so much that they could be included in England coach Martin Johnson’s Rugby World Cup training squad.
After Botha represented English club side Bedford Blues in 73 matches since 2006, he received an offer from Saracens’ South African coach, Brendan Venter in 2009. He has since excelled at Saracens.
He made his debut for the Saxons in their 87-8 victory over America.