KZN rugby player to make history

Friday, April 8, 2011
By: 
Kemantha Govender

Durban - History will be recorded on Saturday when Stefan Terblanche will become the first player in the history of the Sharks and Natal rugby to represent the province in 200 games.

Terblanche has also played for the Springboks in 37 tests and has led the Sharks to their Currie Cup victory last year.

His almost 17-year-old career has been a testament to endurance and commitment to the sport.

The Sharks veteran made his South African rugby debut for Boland in 1994 and has lent his remarkable skills, talent and leadership to Welsh side Ospreys, SA under-21 team, the Barbarians, and Boland.

Terblanche told the Sharks official website that one reason for his success is taking care of himself, especially in such a physical game were injuries have become extremely common.

"I have been very fortunate with injuries," said the 35-year-old. 

"You also have to look after your body. You have to train hard, rest sufficiently and eat correctly. You also have to be smart with your training methods. Sometimes your body is a little sore and you have to listen to what it tells you. Rest is just as important as training. You have to find the right balance between the two," said Terblanche.

The Sharks have a massive following in KwaZulu-Natal and the province was delighted when they won the Currie Cup final against coastal rivals Western Province in October 2010.

"I'm just as excited about the game as when I started playing. The only difference is that composure comes with experience, though I'm still nervous before games," said Terblanche on the eve of his 200th game.

"My first game for the Sharks against the Auckland Blues in 1998 was a wonderful experience. They had guys like Carlos Spencer, Jonah Lomu, Joeli Vidiri and Adrian Cashmore. It was an incredible team."

The Sharks will play the Lions in a Super Rugby encounter at home on Saturday will Terblanche will be celebrated for his achievements. - BuaNews

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