Johan Goosen delighted to be back in green and gold

Johan Goosen SA v Australia 2016 - PA.jpg Credit: Alamy

Johan Goosen SA v Australia 2016 – PA.jpg Credit: Alamy

South Africa flyhalf Johan Goosen is eager to represent his country again and is looking forward to Thursday’s game against Munster in Cork.

The 30-year-old said that although he expects a tough challenge against Province Ireland, he relishes the prospect of playing them in front of their fanatical fans at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Strong South African “A” team

Goosen will be part of a 14-man squad who have represented the Springboks at international level and he forms a partnership with 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning scrum-half Herschel Jantjies.

“It doesn’t matter what form of green and gold we play,” Goosen told the Springboks’ official website.

“It could be the SA Schools team or the SA ‘A’ team, it’s always an honor to play for that badge. I hope we have a good game on Thursday and the country will be proud.

Goosen made his debut for the Springboks against Australia in 2012 but his career has been hampered by injuries meaning he has only featured for his country 13 times and his last Test appearance was against Wales in 2016.

He was full of praise for his South African ‘A’ teammates and is delighted to see what they can offer as a team against Munster.

“It’s been a lot of travel to get here, but I’m thrilled to play with this group of guys. This is a great opportunity for players. It’s a great group and they are very talented.

“It’s going to be a big game against Munster, and the first 20 minutes will be tight, so it will be important to keep the fight going, and hopefully we can see the young players express themselves.

“The Vodacom Bulls played them a few weeks ago in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship so some of us got a taste of what to expect from them in this game.”

A serious knee injury in 2021 denied him the chance to represent his country at the highest level again and Goosen has revealed he is still determined to play for the current world champions again.

“I’ve been out for the last 11 or 12 months with a knee injury and it was tough on me both mentally and physically,” he added.

In a good place

“But mentally I’m in a good position now and my frame of mind is good. I have a passion for the Springboks and playing for the team, but I also understand that things aren’t necessarily going to happen in one game. That said, I’m very happy to be here, and that’s the most important thing for me.

Goosen also gave advice to young players who have the opportunity to play for the Springboks, saying: “The most important thing for young players who have the opportunity to play in the green and the gold is to take advantage of it. and soak up every moment.”

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