Player of the week – Arno Botha
23 August 2011

He is not 20 years old yet, but Vodacom Blue Bulls flanker, Arno Botha, showed why he was drafted into a starting position in the Currie Cup competition already. For the young tearaway it is clearly a case of - if he is good enough, he is old enough.

Botha made his first run-on start a week after debutting off the bench against the Pumas and immediately showed against Griquas why he is rated amongst the top young players in the country.

He ran strongly, defended stoutly and showed why his physical approach to the game impressed Director: Rugby, Heyneke Meyer, who already indicated a while ago that the 19-year old player might be playing Currie Cup this year. “We will be looking at blooding young players this year and Arno will be one of those players we will be looking at. He is big and strong and works hard, all attributes we are looking for,” Meyer said.

Bio:

Physical: 1.90 & 102 kg
Date of Birth: 26/10/1991, Modimolle
Favorite Film: Never Back Down
Favorite Music: Enya
Favorite Food: Ribs, Steak
Primary School: Nylstroom
High School: Nylstroom

Squads:

2011 – Vodacom Blue Bulls Currie Cup
2011 – Vodacom Blue Bulls u.21 competition
2011 - South Africa u.20 IRB Junior World Cup
2011 – Tuks, FNB Varsity Cup
2010 - Blue Bulls u.19 – Absa provincial competition
2009 – Limpopo Blue Bulls Craven Week u.18

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