Cobus Reinach: I nearly wanted to cry when we sang the national anthem
Springboks / 22 July 2019, 3:30pm / Jacques van der Westhuyzen
JOHANNESBURG – Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach has said his missing out on a World Cup place in 2015 made him work harder to be recognised ahead of this year’s tournament in Japan.
The 29-year-old played 10 Tests for the Boks in 2014 and 2015, but when Heyneke Meyer named his squad for the World Cup four years ago, Reinach lost out to Fourie du Preez, Ruan Pienaar and Rudy Paige.
The disappointment hit him hard, and in 2017, he opted to move from the Sharks to Northampton in England, where he has become one of his team’s and Europe’s star players.
It forced current Bok boss Rassie Erasmus into a rethink after he’d backed Faf de Klerk, Embrose Papier and Ivan van Zyl last season.
Louis Schreuder also got himself into the national pecking order, while in 2017, Ross Cronjé also stood ahead of Reinach in the Bok No 9 queue.
That has, however, all changed in 2019, just months out from the World Cup, with Erasmus backing De Klerk, Reinach and rookie Herschel Jantjies, who started against the Australians last Saturday and scored two tries on debut.
Reinach came off the bench and also got himself a try. He said it had been a long four years to wait to earn an 11th Bok cap.
Cobus Reinach!! A third scrumhalf try for the Boks as they finish off in style at a pumping Emirates Airline Park. Elton Jantjies adds the extras and it's 35-17 for the Boks, what a way to get their season underway! Well done boys! #StrongerTogether#RSAvAUSpic.twitter.com/VuPySH6Q5W