New Springbok lock Johann Muller was surprised to hear his name read out during the squad announcement last week.
Muller formed a superb partnership with 36-year-old veteran Johan Ackermann during the Vodacom Super 14, as the Sharks scrum destroyed most opposition packs. However, it was Ackermann who was expected to get the Bok call up, not his younger counterpart.
“I try not to read the papers, and although I had heard my name mentioned I didn’t think I would make it,” said Muller. “It was just unbelievable to hear my name read out. The first person who called me was John Smit. He said he had known about my selection for weeks, but didn’t want to ruin the surprise!”
Muller was born in Mossel Bay and went to Oakdale High. He made his provincial debut for the Sharks in 2001 and his Super 12 debut the following year. He has also captained the Sharks when Smit was with the Boks.
“The past week has been a great experience and obviously it’s a dream come true,” he said.
If Jake White decides to rotate his players during the Incoming Tests, Muller could make an appearance at his home ground against Scotland on 10 June. Now that really would be a dream come true.