Spies looks to the Far East
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:09
I think I’d prefer Japan
Pierre Spies is hoping to make a strong impact in 2015 as his final year in South Africa before contemplating a move to Europe or Japan.
Spies has had a nightmare run with injuries in recent years, with thumb and bicep surgeries forcing the Springbok and Bulls No.8 to spend long spells on the sidelines.
The athletic No.8 is looking to 2015 to be his re-breakout year with high aspiration already set for himself.
“My goals for the 2015 season is to help the Bulls win the Super Rugby title and to play my way back into the Springbok squad ahead of the World Cup. I believe South Africa has experience and talent to win,” he told the MyPlayers website.
Spies knows it won’t be an easy return to the Springbok fold with the tough competition among the loose forwards. However, he believes this will motivate him to make a stronger comeback.
“The loose forward department is one area where South Africa never lacks quality,” said Spies.
“This will make things tougher, but it will also motivate me to work harder. If I can give my best on the field, I believe I will get there [make the Springbok squad].”
While his main focus is on his comeback next year, Spies is already contemplating his long-term future as a move to Europe or Japan could be on the cards. The 29-year-old believes a venture to the Far East could be more appealing than heading north.
“After the 2015 season, I’ll be looking to do stint in Europe or Japan,” said Spies.
“I think I’ d prefer Japan after speaking to some of my mates who have played there, like Fourie du Preez, Wynand Olivier and Jaque Fourie.
"They all love the Japanese culture and the strong work ethic the locals have over there.
"I’m also told that rugby is gaining plenty of popularity and respect in the Far East. I think that would be a great environment to be a part of looking ahead.
"If I play in Japan, there'll be the chance that I could play further roles for the Bulls during Super Rugby and the Springboks during the Test window.”
Spies has 53 appearances for the Springboks, scoring seven tries. He was selected as Bulls captain for the 2014 Super Rugby campaign, but that was short lived as he injured his bicep in the early rounds.
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