Springbok and Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg is excited to make his comeback during the latter stages of Super Rugby.
After a successful 2016 season, which included his Springbok Test debut, Rohan Janse van Rensburg enjoyed another strong start to the year by showing great form on attack and defence. He emerged as one of the top try-scorers during the earlier rounds of Super Rugby and was named MyPlayers Player of the Month for February.
However, he suffered an injury blow against the Stormers in April, which forced a lengthy spell on the sidelines. This saw him miss a bulk of the Lions’ Super Rugby fixtures and the Springboks’ Test series against France in June.
The 22-year-old also experienced difficult personal strife off the field as his mother passed away following a long battle against cancer, while he and two others fell victim to a nightmare robbery and kidnapping incident at his home in Johannesburg.
But Janse van Rensburg stressed that he’s doing what he needs to do to maintain a positive mindset. He’s been working hard during his recovery process to make a quick, effective return to the field and hopes to achieve his goals
“It’s been a rough year, but I’m doing what I need to do to stay motivated and inspired. I can’t change my current circumstances or what’s happened before, but I want to do what I can to better myself and the situation I find myself in,” Janse van Rensburg told MyPlayers.
“I’ve been working hard during rehab and the good news is that I’m fully recovered from the injury. Now I have to focus on my conditioning before I make my comeback.”
After a convincing 94-7 win over the Sunwolves in Johannesburg on Saturday, the Lions enjoyed an off week before their final league match against the Sharks in Durban. Janse van Rensburg is likely to make his return to rugby at Kings Park.
The centre said he’s excited to be back in the game and hopes to do enough to play his way back into the Springbok squad.
“I’ve been delighted to see my Lions team-mates do well during Super Rugby. We are building on to the experience we went through last season and we definitely want to take things one step further. We just need to focus on the job at hand and take things game by game,” said Janse van Rensburg.
“I was also excited to see the Springboks do very well during the June Tests against France. There was definitely something special that happened in the national camp this year… there’s a stronger culture and camaraderie among the players.
“I want to be a part of that. I want to experience it. Seeing how the players played for another has inspired me so much more.”
Janse van Rensburg was also happy to see so many Lions players do well for the Springboks and SA ‘A’ team in June.
“It took a long time to establish and grow this culture at the Lions. The coaches and players put in a lot of hard work over the years and the rewards are now showing on the field. It’s fantastic that so many Lions players received national call-ups. This is something the union and squad is very proud of,” said Janse van Rensburg.
“I’m especially delighted for a guy like Warren Whiteley, who did very well as Springbok captain. He’s a great leader and has been working hard – not only on the field, but also behind the scenes. I’m also happy for the Lions players who went on to make their Test debuts, like Ross Cronjé, Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee and Ruan Dreyer. It motivates all of us in the Lions camp that good and consistent form will be rewarded.”
By Gareth Duncan