Cougars stalk us, says young player

2010-11-27 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — A young rugby player has lifted the lid on the attention that upcoming rugby players receive from older women.

He said older women always buy them drinks when they go out in a group.

“Even if the tannie has a husband, she will still take the guy home,” said a 20-year-old Lions rugby player who wanted to remain anonymous.

“It is sometimes overwhelming, especially if you visit Afrikaans places. Cougars will take their chances: They dance up against you and buy you drinks. What young man is going to say no to a cougar?”

He said players sometimes dared each other to see who could pick up the prettiest woman or the woman with the most experience.

“They take them to hotel rooms, even if the tannie has a husband. Many of the guys can’t say no. The next day all the guys know about it.”

According to him, some of his team-mates had to fetch a player early one morning at an unknown woman’s house “because her husband was coming home”.

“She chatted him up that night and took him home the same night.”

He said every time they go out, there were girls who are willing.

“There will always be a pick-up. The guys say they are young and only live once.”

He added, however, that not all players should be judged in this light.

Former Springbok Pieter Hendriks (40) said young players sometimes don’t know how to handle the sudden attention.

He said young players needed formal training on how to handle celebrity status.

Barend van Graan, executive head of the Blue Bulls Company, said his company created a professional environment for rugby players, where they are also trained in a variety of subjects to help them develop into balanced adults.

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