Arno Botha, now in his second season with Munster, still holds hopes of playing for the Springboks again but on Saturday morning he will be in Cardiff preparing for a PRO14 clash that evening when Siya Kolisi will lead South Africa out against England in Tokyo in the World Cup final.
There were just four minutes gone against Scotland in the northern South African city Mbombela when Botha was forced to go off in June 2013, paving the way for Kolisi to make his international debut.
“I injured my shoulder in the fourth minute and he came on and got man of the match. We played under 20s together also so we know each other very well.“I must concentrate on Munster on Saturday but I’m just excited about the players and my friends there.”
“I think South Africa has a great chance, they have everything under control and I really do believe we are going to win it,”
Botha, who was speaking in Limerick where it was announced that Life Style Sports will donate €5 from every Munster jersey sold in their stores and online in the build-up to Christmas to Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.
In ’95, I was four but I’ve seen it and in 2007 I was at home and remember that quite well,”
Botha joined Munster a year ago and extended his contract to the end of this season. The Back Row has made 31 appearances for the province so far and still hopes to play for South Africa again.
“It remains very much on my radar and has been for the last two years. It obviously takes a lot of belief. I wasn’t in a position to say that I’d do it because I came back from a long term injury in 2017 and as you play and get a bit of game time, you think you might get into the World Cup squad.“But now I’m working towards something further down the line, like next November or the Four Nations, just get into the squad anyway, but that’s in my own hands, how I play.
It’s obviously more difficult to do it from here and they do tend to pick the South African players and that’s fair enough because they’re the players who stayed in the country.“But it will always be a dream to play for my country. The rule against picking players from abroad has been relaxed over the last few years,” added Botha, who was 28 last week.
Arno Botha was speaking at the Life Style Sports outlet in Dooradoyle, Limerick where it was announced that Life Style Sports, the exclusive retail partner of Munster Rugby, will donate €5 from every Munster jersey sold in Life Style Sports stores and online in the build-up to Christmas to Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, one of Munster Rugby’s official charity partners.