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Spies wants his jersey back

 Jan 25,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Bulls captain Pierre Spies is determined to raise his game in a bid to win back the Springbok number eight jersey.

A dip in form followed by a broken thumb paved the way for an overdue Bok debut for Stormers star Duane Vermeulen, who took to Test rugby like a duck to water.

Spies missed South Africa's disappointing Rugby Championship campaign and their successful end-of-year tour, but is now ready to make up for lost time.

"Competition is always good," Spies told supersport.

"My injury came at the right time and it gave me a lot more perspective, as well as a decent rest. It allowed me to recharge, to find a renewed focus and vision for the year ahead.

"It reminded me how much I want to play for the Springboks again.

"You always have to prove yourself, whether it is to the public, the coach or to yourself. I know I owe myself a good season and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

After leading the three-time Super Rugby champions to the play-offs last year (where they lost to the Crusaders), Spies will once again wear the captain's armband and is confident his team can go one better in 2013.

"Everyone is a year older now and we have a lot more experience. We know each other better and we're in a good space at the moment as a team," he said.

"Last year was a difficult year for everyone, but we've had a good break and have returned more mature. We're really looking forward to the battles that await us."

 

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