Thomas Du Toit received the ultimate honour by being invited to play for the prestigious Barbarians side. He jetted off to London in a whirlwind of excitement and trepidation. He managed to squeeze in a few minutes for us…
Where were you when you heard you were selected for the team?
I was in the Sharks medical room when Matt Stevens told me the first time that there is a possibility for such an opportunity.
What did you expect from the Baabaas game?
I expected to learn different styles of playing rugby and a way how to approach international matches and how to prepare. To make friends, enjoy it and improve my individual game.
There are a few SA guys in the team? Did you know any of them?
I know Jacques Botes and Matt Stevens, but because it is my first year I haven’t really had much to do with the other players from the other Unions so I am hoping to strengthen those relationships as well.
How was the game?
The game was played at a very fast pace. There were very long periods of play and the ball was in play for 62 minutes out of 80 minutes.
How did you feel before the first scrum?
I was expecting a bit more from a team that has been playing together for the season. The Baa Baa’s scrum was very strong and we scrummed well as a unit.
What did you guys get up to after the game?
We went out as a team in London. It was nice getting to know my team mates better.
What were your highlights from the past year?
The opportunity I had now to play for the barbarians, my first Super Rugby game against the Cheetahs and the win against the Stormers at Newlands. When we beat NZ twice in Auckland and to have played Currie Cup.
Your goals for 2015?
My goal is to be involved in 75% or more of the Super Rugby games and to play a full Currie Cup and to represent the SA u20 side in 2015.
What makes the Sharks the best place for you?
Everyone says their Unions operate as one big family but even more so at the Sharks. It became an absolute necessity for me because of the amazing people that are there and how I am being treated as a person even though I am younger than most of the other players. It is very professional.
What are you doing in the upcoming December holidays?
I will be at the beach at Mosselbay and braaing a lot of Marino Lamb chops!