Their larger than life persona often gives the impression that most pro-athletes are ‘out of reach’. They don’t breathe the same air we do, nor cry to the same soppy movies the rest of us do.
Any day this myth is busted, it’s often received with more appreciation than the athletes expect. And whenever a Springbok showcases he is more than the opponent dismantling machine on a rugby field (think Bismarck du Plessis), many take notice.
So with a home leg of the series in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in December, the BlitzBokke displayed (ahem) their human side. In their case “it was in a studio, under bright lights, in front of photographer Rob Millers lens”
And for Captain Kyle Brown, Chris Dry, Steven Hunt, Seabelo Senatla and Jamba Ulengo if life in rugby doesn’t work out, they shouldn’t look further than the runaway.
Lauren Terras, BlitzBokke publicist, shares interesting facts they learnt about the boys, and their state of mind as they get ready for the windy, friendly city of PE.
Jamba Ulengo: Debuted last season in Scotland. Gets psyched to house music when they play it in the stadium and would dance his way to success on X-Factor
Steven Hunt: Enjoyed travelling to Tokyo most of all. Acknowledges the Springbok on his chest when scoring a try. Rates Gio Aplon as the top sevens player he has seen.
Kyle Brown: Loves gadgets and would get into something techy if not a pro rugby player, wanted to be Superman just ahead of Batman as a child and, like his team mates, says Chris Dry is most likely to be the target of any pranks.
Springboks on the Catwalk
To get into the energy of the shoot, Jamba and Seabelo embraced that world of catwalks, modelling and music by giving a strutting take on how they would go about walking down the ramp at a fashion event. Jamba was all about the dance moves, Seabelo more into the swagger.
All the while Brown was in charge of the music and was picking some great beats to get the guys into the spirit. ‘It’s good to do something different and a shoot like this will hopefully appeal to a new kind of fan.
We appreciate all the backing we can get so it’s great fun doing something like this to create a little bit more interest for an audience that is not quite traditionally the rugby one that we are used to … perhaps something for the ladies,’ Kyle finishers with a cheeky grin.
Never Too Far
Although the studio is a long way from the training ground and the guys are more interested in the music, magazines, muffins and make-up today than water bottles and tackling bags; the thoughts of the world series is never too far away and they remain mindful of the challenge of the home leg of the series in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in December,
‘We are lucky to have a home leg, only 9 out of the 16 teams get to host a leg of the series,’ said Steven Hunt, ‘it’s the only time we get to play in South Africa and performing in front of the home support is incredibly special.
It’s going to be an action packed weekend and we really do hope everyone comes out to support us in Port Elizabeth.’
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