Durban’s new Playboy

Frederic Michalak is a model, a gay icon and music producer. But he wants you to remember him as a rugby player.

SA Rugby MagSA Rugby magazine visited the French flyhalf in Durban on the eve of the Super 14 to extract the man behind the hype.

“I’m here for the rugby and not for the party as some would have you believe,” he says. “I’ve always dreamt of playing Super Rugby and I’m not going to blow my opportunity.”

In the mag, Michalak reveals why he joined the Sharks, which Sharks players he rates and why this pre-season has been the toughest of his career. He also explains the meaning behind his tattoos, why he prefers children to adults and why he’s a big fan of hip hop.

In the new issue of SA Rugby magazine:

– Peter de Villiers on apartheid, Luke and Cheeky Watson, playing an expansive game against the All Blacks, and what he would have told Heyneke Meyer after the Bok coach announcement

– Nick Mallett on life in Rome

– Stofile: Mad Mike or Iron Mike? You decide?

– Neil de Kock sizzles for Saracens (but still dreams of playing for the Boks again)

– Super 14 focus: Big Joe, Jongi Nokwe, Conrad Jantjes and Wikus van Heerden

– Why the President’s Council should not be running SA Rugby

– Lost Pumas: Argentina’s battle for recognition

– Bob Skinstad joins our team of columnists

– Giant 2008 fixtures poster