April 10, 2017
Munster Lock, Jean Kleyn, chats to us from his new home in Ireland…
Where do you stay?
I am currently renting a house in Castletroy with Jaco Taute.
Describe the house you have bought?
It’s a 4 bedroom 4 bathroom semi detached house, i’m going to alter it though. I’ll extend it out the back so i can add an indoor braai area!
How do the Irish fans compare to South African fans?
Irish fans have ridiculous passion, just as the fans in the Western Cape have.
How did Heidi and Rambo come into your life?
I’ve been wanting to get dogs ever since i moved over but the timing was never right, after my neck operation I immediately started looking for some Beagle pups and ended up buying them about three days later.
How did the injury happen?
I hyper flexed my neck during a carry in a game agains the Newport Dragons.
When are you back on the field?
I still have some time before i will be fit to play again, have another 3 months left!
What are the Irish girls like compared to to our meisies?
Nothing compares to our beautiful South African women!
What was the atmosphere like for the quarters of the Championship Cup against Toulouse?
The atmosphere was unreal, absolutely electric! The best part is the absolute silence when the kickers are going for goal, you can hear a pin drop on the other side of the stadium.
What can you tell us about the coaching staff?
We suffered the loss of our head coach Anthony Foley late last year, his mottos are a large part of our culture now. Rassie and Jacques don’t need any introduction as their reputation precedes them. Our forwards coach in Jerry Flannerry and our backline coach is Felix Jones, both ex Munster players
We see on TV your team mates kissing each other in the changing room after a match…is this a tradition?
They were just making up for having some words on the field, a tradition we have.
Have you been watching the Super Rugby whilst in Ireland. Your thoughts and predictions?
I have tried to catch as many Stormers games as i can, and they seem to be doing very well. It’s nice to see the younger players coming through and the team is reaping the benefits there of. I hope that the Stormers will pull it through this year!
Have you visited any other European countries since your arrival?
I have, but all my trips have been rugby related. Wales, Scotland and England – I hope to see more of Europe throughout our off season!