By: Benedict Chanakira
A few years ago we had a piece on the legend that is Pieter Muller who is one of the greatest Springbok centres of all time. Benedict Chanakira managed to get to chat with Pieter and find out where exactly is the Springbok nowadays!
BC – Hi Pieter, how are you?
PM – Very well thanks – still alive and kicking!
BC – Who is Pieter Muller?
PM – A husband, a father and an ex-rugby player trying to give something back to the game.
BC – Where is Pieter, what is he up to?
PM – My wife and I have been living in Cape Town for the past 2 years and loving it here. My position at the SA Rugby Legends Association targets rugby development in the greater Cape Flats area, focussing on non-traditional rugby playing schools and giving kids an opportunity to play and compete in a national tournament called the U/15 IQHAWE WEEK (this falls under the VUKA rugby program).
BC – When you look back on your career, what was the one moment you would want to relive again?
PM – My first Test Match in 1992 straight after isolation on the 15th August at Ellis Park against the All Blacks. Made me proud to see South Africans united through rugby after isolation.
BC – Your old team the Sharks are struggling quite a bit this season. What advice would you offer to them ?
PM – New coach, new ideas equals a time to adapt. With injuries of top players, it has made it difficult for the Sharks to perform at their best. My advise is to re-group, set new targets and goals for the Currie Cup and next season.
BC – You worked with some of the best coaches to ever grace the rugby land of South Africa. Who was the best and why?
PM – Two stand out for me – Ian McIntosh and Nick Mallett. Both had a great knowledge of the game and knew how to get the best out of the players. Two very different coaching styles but both very effective.
BC – Let’s talk about the modern game. Its completely changed from back in your day. If there was something to be changed, what is it?
PM – Rugby always goes around in circles. What has come back again after a very defensive period is teams looking for continuity through off loads and distributing the ball before contact. The only thing I would change is the rolling maul – it gives the opposition no opportunity to equally contest for the ball with 7 people in front of the ball.
BC – Which player do/did you enjoy watching play the game?
PM – Daniel Carter from the past and presently Damian De Allende.
BC – Tell us a story about tour that will leave the readers chuckling, (Names are optional).
PM – New Zealand Tour 1993. James Dalton comes down for breakfast, late as usual, trying to get a quick breakfast before training. The waiter approached him and asked him what he wanted, he replied saying “eggs and bacon”. The waiter responded saying “we are out of bacon”. A very angry James Dalton replied “how can you be out of bacon – there are 40 million sheep in New Zealand – how can you be out of bacon???”
BC – What is your favorite movie?
PM – The Green Mile
BC – Which Northern Hemisphere side will have the biggest threat at the World Cup?
PM – Ireland and a simmering England side that still need to hit form.
BC – Thank you for your time Pieter!
|Full names: Pieter Gysbert|
|Date of birth: 5 May 1969|
|Place of birth: Bloemfontein|
|School: Grey College|
|Springbok no: 560|
|Debut test province: Sharks|
|Physical: 1.87m, 100.7kg|
|Current age: 46|
|Test summary: Tests: 33 Tries: 3|
|First Test: 15 Aug 1992 Age:23 Inside Centre against New Zealand at Ellispark, Johannesburg|
|Last Test: 4 Nov 1999 Age:30 Inside Centre against New Zealand at Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), Cardiff|