Johann Muller declares himself fit for Aussie Clash

2011-07-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The man who captained South Africa’s “B-team” alongside Bob Skinstad in 2007 has declared himself fit for the challenge of facing the Wallabies again under similar circumstances in Sydney.

“Old age is beginning to take its toll,” the 31-year-old Johann Muller said jokingly after watching his team-mates sweat it out in training from the sidelines at Hyde Park High.

“I suffered a slight hamstring strain last Friday and hopefully I will be able to start training again tomorrow [Thursday]. I will definitely be fit for the Test against Australia,” he said.

If Muller is true to his word he may well be paired with Bulls enforcer Flip van der Merwe at lock against the Wallabies on July 23.

With John Smit going on tour, it’s unlikely that Muller will again have the opportunity of captaining the Boks as he did in 2007.

However, he and Smit get along very well and Muller will no doubt have a leadership role if he is announced in the team.

Muller last put on the Green and Gold in the third Test against the British and Irish Lions, in 2009, and few people expected him to be called up from Irish side Munster to do it again.

“I was still under the impression until a few months ago that my Bok career was over. It’s a big privilege to suddenly be in the picture again.”

Muller wore the Boks’ number five jersey in 2007 when they took on the Wallabies in Sydney with a weakened side.

South Africa were 17-0 up after just 16 minutes, but Australia ultimately won 25-17.

Muller captained the Boks against New Zealand the following week when they lost 6-33 in Christchurch.

Notwithstanding the unhappiness about the make-up of the Bok squad, Muller is excited about the talent that South Africa are taking on tour.

“I don’t think there is another country in world rugby that can send a so-called B-side with so much quality overseas,” he said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.