Griquas fullback Gouws Prinsloo chats to guest writer Bendedict Chanakira about his love of horses and rugby…
So who is Gouws Prinsloo?
G.P – A farmboy from Cathcart in the Eastern Cape. Looking to pursue a rugby dream and then return to farming cattle when the time is
From a relatively small school, what sparked pursuing a rugby career?
G.P – Passion for the game, it’s brotherhood and friends. I just enjoy every moment on the pitch and I’m really blessed to be able to make a career of something I enjoy so much.
Why a move to Kwazulu-Natal after school?
G.P – After playing Craven Week I went to the Sharks Academy because I felt it was the best opportunity I could give myself in making my dream a reality. I am not regretting it one bit.
Who was your rugby boy hood hero growing up?
G.P – Andre Joubert
You were part of a Springbok clad Sharks team. You should have learnt a lot. Which players stood out most for you?
G.P – Stefan Terblanche, he was humble and took me under his wing. He gave me all the experience he could. I was fortunate enough to
have shared his 100th Currie Cup game with him, which was my debut. He taught me the importance of sunscreen as well!
How was your Varsity Cup experience?
G.P – Fun filled and exciting. I enjoyed it a lot. I think it’s going to grow into a much bigger part of South African rugby.
The rules difference should have been a challenge. Would you embrace these rules at a higher level (Vodacom; Currie Cup etc.)?
G.P – No, maybe just because I’m a goal kicker. Teams have more penalties and they don’t really care because no one kicks for just two points. It consists of far too many driving mauls as well.
Your Griquas fairytale. How is it going?
G.P – I’m enjoying it and trying to embrace every game we play. It’s a challenge and we want to get back in the Currie Cup Premier Division and the pressure that comes along with it, I find rewarding. Winning the Vodacom Cup so convincingly has brought the team together even more.
What was going through your mind when you lined up for that kick against the Pumas?
G.P – I was aware of the importance of the kick but every kick I kick, consists of the same routine and focus. I never doubted myself for one moment.
Which coach has influenced your career the most?
G.P – Sean Everitt has meant so much to me. The trust he had in me gave me all the confidence in the world.
If you where a forward, what position would you play and why?
G.P – Either hooker or lock. Line outs are so complex and I find them fascinating. Would like to play an important role in them.
What are your long-term goals?
G.P – To be a regular at Super Rugby level and then become a Springbok. The ultimate would be to win a World Cup.
G.P – Read my bible and pray. I don’t believe in any rituals.
Who is the worst roommate you have ever had?
G.P – Cobus Reinach, he just has a habit of forgetting essentials.
G.P – Gladiator
What don’t we know about Gouws?
G.P – I own a few horses and am very fond of them. I just don’t get to ride them as often as I would like. Dusty is my favourite though. We have come a long way together.
G.P – Pleasure man.