Learning from Lowen

Former Chiefs and All Black centre Keith Lowen has told his Cheetahs team-mates exactly how Kiwi teams approach their matches against South African opposition.

According to coach Rassie Erasmus, Lowen has given the Cheetahs players a confidence boost ahead of the Super 14.

“Keith explained just how much New Zealanders respect South African rugby,” Erasmus told keo.co.za. “He says that our training methods and gym methods are basically the same as over there. I think people in South Africa sometimes forget how much they respect us and good our methods are.”

Lowen, who played just one Test for the All Blacks against England, was signed by Erasmus for a number of reasons.

“He brings so much experience to the side,” he said. “He’s also helped [assistant coach] Franco Smit a lot with the backs, in terms of tactics and things he’s learnt from his time with the Chiefs. I can’t tell you how much it helps the youngsters in the team to be able to talk to someone who has played for the All Blacks.”

Being in Bloemfontein, Lowen’s team-mates have already started teaching him Afrikaans.

“The guys told him that when a girl walks up to him he must say ‘Hello, nice tieties’ but when a guy walks up to him he must just say ‘Hello’!”