Wannenburg to use Bulls as doorway for Springboks and Lions tour



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Bulls forward Pedrie Wannenburg is desperate for a return to playing for the Springboks and he says that he is willing to do whatever it takes to realise his dream of playing for South Africa again.

Twenty Eight year old Wannenburg has already won 20 caps and last played for South Africa’s Springboks during the 2007 Tri-Nations when the then coach Jake White rested some of his stars ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Later that year Wannenburg missed out on being selected for the Springboks who went to the Rugby World Cup in France.

“I know hard work awaits me,” he told Rapport.


“To play against the Lions is special and I want to pull a Bok jersey over my head again. That’s why I’m happy to do the hard work.”

Wannenburg was named SA Rugby Young Player of the Year in 2002 but the career that promied so much in the early days has disapointed and taken a wayward twist in recent years.

He has struggled to make the Bulls first team and featured in a second XV against the Lions in Saturday’s warm up matches where the Bulls lost twice.

Wannenburg says that he knows what lies ahead of him in 2009 if he is to realise his dream.

He added: “I know where I stand at the Bulls and what I need to do to get to the top again.

“I believe I can rise to that challenge.”



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