Michael Van Vuuren interview
You’ve started the last couple games how have you felt from a personal note the season has gone so far?
After being out for such a long time, it has been great to pull the Bath jersey over my head again and to get some minutes under my belt, and to come away with two victories is great. I feel like the squad is in a good position this season to push for silver ware and I just want to do whatever is asked of me to ensure this team reaches its potential.
What would you like to achieve from this season from a team and personal level ?
As a team we obviously want to be successful, we want to win trophies. Everyone is working really hard to ensure that we reach these goals. There will always be a lot of expectation surrounding a club like Bath and we need to meet these head on.
Personally I want to contribute anyway I can and when my number is called I need to make sure I do a job for the club and for the team and perform at my best every time I get the chance to wear the shirt.
How do you like Bath and what is one of your favourite features of the city?
Bath is a beautiful city, but my favourite lies in the heart of the city, that being a packed Rec under the lights.
If you were going out for an evening meal in Bath where would it be?
Honestly my wife’s cooking is always a winner for me, I don’t really have a “regular” go to as Bath has so many options, however I do enjoy a good pizza from the Stable in Kings Mead square.
And if your guest had to be a team mate , who would you choose and why?
Too many boys to choose from. Rhys Priestland and Francois Louw would be up there. Max Lahiff is always good to spend time with as he has a copious amount of knowledge about all things weird and wonderful. Jeff Williams and Anthony Watson are my boys so would definitely need them at the table, of course I cant deny my front row brothers, but like I said it would be hard to pick out an individual, i’d just invite everybody and see who rocks up.
You have played at a few clubs in your career which league is the most difficult and why?
It’s a tough one because every league has their own unique characteristics that make them challenging. However, I do think the Premiership is an extremely tough competition, the level is world class and you cant take any team lightly. English rugby is in a very good place.
Is there any other particular leagues that you would like to participate in before you hang up your boots?
Right now my focus is solely on Bath and continuing to learn and grow as a player.
You have played for the South African u20s, is there a burning desire in you to represent the Springboks at senior level?
Growing up in South Africa you dream of playing for the Boks. It has always been a dream of mine to represent my country. However, I think I still have a way to go and a lot of growth before I can focus on that kind of thing. Like I said before, my focus right now is solely on Bath and making sure I’m knocking on the door for more regular selection.
The result for the 2023 rugby world cup is revealed today, what do you think it would bring to the country of South Africa if they were selected as hosts?
There is a lot of negativity and unhappiness about the state of South African rugby at the moment. I think hosting the 2023 RWC would be extremely encouraging and uplifting for the supporters and allow everyone in South Africa to come together and rally behind the national team.
And what would South Africa bring differently to the other two nations who are bidding for the tournament?
Well, the exchange rate is pretty poor at the moment so it wouldn’t be very expensive. All jokes aside, South Africa has a lot going for it in terms of its beauty. There are many wonderful things to see and experience, the game reserves and beaches for example are some of the best in the world. South Africans are very passionate about their rugby so the “rugby fever” in the country would be at boiling point. The stadiums are world class and should provide an incredible atmosphere and backdrop for the spectacle that is the Rugby World Cup.
A huge thanks to Michael for sparing his time to chat to us here at www.bath.co.uk and we look forward to seeing him in the blue, black and white throughout the season as Bath continue to show huge potential this season!