Meyer Swanepoel is at the prime of his career having just been snapped up by Treviso from Mogliano in Italy. And it is set to soar further with rumours from the national selectors that could see Meyer run out for Italy by the next World Cup. We caught up with the charming loose forward who could probably add Armani model to his list of achievements if he wanted.
How did the move to Treviso go?
Luckily Treviso is just around the corner from Mogliano, my previous club, so the move was not that stressful.
How does it feel to play for a different team?
It’s obviously a step up for me so it is really refreshing playing in a fully professional team again. There are a lot of new faces on the team sheet and in management. So in all fairness it’s a new feeling for everyone new and old, which made me feel at home straight away.
Did you know any of the players?
I knew fellow Saffas Corniel van Zyl and Marius Goosen. We are four players from my previous club that moved to Treviso together which made life a lot easier. Most training sessions have been in English because there are 15 English speaking players in the squad.
How is pre season going?
It has been tough, we have been flogged which is fair I guess. I won’t lie, some days I miss the semi professional life.
Who will your first game be against?
First game away from home will be against the Ospreys in Swansea, Wales.
Who do you think will be your toughest team to play against in this league?
That is a tough question. In the normal league I would have to go with Munster. For the Heineken Cup I would say Racing Metro.
What is the biggest cultural difference between Italy and South Africa?
100% Time! I am from Cape Town which is commonly referred to as “slaap stad” but trust me you haven’t seen nothing yet. These Italians have their own time.
What is your favourite restaurant meal in Italy?
It might be cliche but definitely pizza. The best is Pizza Carbonara which is a pizza made with an egg in the middle.
Good luck Meyer and we look forward to watching you play for Italy one day.
Cheers guys and all the best to all the lads in the Currie Cup back home.