BJ’s Catch 22

BJ Botha is caught between a rock and a hard place. He may have to postpone his honeymoon because of his Springbok call-up.

Botha and his fiancee Taryn are set to tie the knot on Sunday June 4 – a day after he might play for the Springbok XV against a World XV at Ellis Park.

And if he is included in White’s squad for the Tests against Scotland and France later in June he will have to put the honeymoon on hold. “I’d actually not booked it yet, because I wasn’t sure of my Currie Cup commitments, so it seems to have worked out well,” he told

“I guess we will have to make a plan after the Currie Cup.” Well, if Botha continues his current rich vein of form he may also be included in the end-of-year tour squad to the United Kingdom, which means the honeymoon may only take place in December.

Botha was included in Jake White’s extended Bok training squad at the weekend and if he continues to impress the national selectors he may be in the squad for the June 3 unnofficial Test.

“That’s not up to me, but obviously it’s a bit of a waiting game now,” Botha, who added he honestly did not expect to be in the original squad, said.

Botha will be in camp in Bloemfontein for the next three weeks, but luckily for the Sharks strongman his wife-to-be, Taryn, has already taken care of most of the wedding arrangements. “The only thing I need to worry about is my speech and I’m quite nervous for that.”

Whatever may happen in the next three weeks, 2006 is sure to be a year to remember in the Botha household.

By Andrew Hollely