Willie Britz returned to the team where he first made big strides when he left the Lions to join the Cheetahs in 2015. He also spent some time playing for the Shining Arcs in the Japaneses league. Having spent most of the season out with an injury, Willie returned to the Cheetahs last weekend in the Currie Cup Qualification Series and has now joined the Super Rugby side in Brisbane as replacement for the injured Hilton Lobberts. Before he left we had a chat with Willie about all things rugby and even his hair!
Willie: I played for a good 5 years at the Shimlas, and for me I grew tremendously at that level, coming through the ranks, learning from amazingly talented players and playing alongside a few legends of the game today. I must say that was an amazing time for me.
Willie: There are big things heading the way of the Cheetahs. There is a new generation coming together and they are doing things right! I am very excited to see what lies ahead for Cheetahs Rugby.
Willie: Having the opportunity to go play in Japan has been such a great experience, so must say thats definitely one of them.
Willie: I havent played with him this year since he has been appointed captain, but he is a very good player. Francois is still very young in the captaincy role, but I believe he will grow well into it in the next few years.
Willie: Well I have captained a few sides that I have played for since school level. That being said, I haven’t done it at Super Rugby level yet so would really love to have that privilege one day.
Willie: One of the hardest workers and players, Jerome Kaino!
Willie: Definitely my man, Sergeal Peterson!
Willie: I did change it a bit in Japan, just to try a taste of the culture. I was almost like the Samurai haha! When the time come to change, then I will definitely do it!
Willie: I wanted to give back to the fans, so along with my PR team Actorvate Relations so we decided to run a competition and reward a lucky winner with a signed jersey by sharing their support for the Cheetahs on Social Media. They just have to add #WinWithWillie in their posts. For more information they can check out my Facebook page.
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