Tokyo – Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk said overseas experience could make all the difference for South Africa at the rugby World Cup clash with New Zealand this weekend – wiping worries about his long hair ,
After two weeks of training in high humidity and high temperatures, the Springboks were torn and finished, though De Klerk distracted the idea that his blond surfer locks were a distraction under these conditions.
"I thought about tying her back, but my dad is pretty conservative, so I'm just a little bit scared he'll fly over and take me home." De Klerk joked in the pool before Saturday's opening match B against the two-time defending champion.
Help a little bit to salt your hair and hold it back a bit, it always helps!
The 27-year-old, who was capped 25 times by the Springboks, joined the exodus of South African players to Europe in 201
He and his current Bok coaches Under the direction of Rassie Erasmus, the move owed much to sharpening his decisions and improving his kick game.
The Boks made several big wins in 2018 and De Klerk's effect was recognized when he was nominated. For the World Rugby Player of The Year.
De Klerk is 1.72m tall and weighs a hefty 88kg over his weight.
De Klerk was unimpressed by the prospect of facing Aaron Smith or TJ Perenara from the All Blacks.
Any one of them can start and it should not affect the team, and that's a great place to be, "he said.
"They play with a lot of freedom, great kick and great defense conversation.
" The challenge for me is to put pressure on them … and kick things up from a tactical side and a quick one
De Klerk is one of eight players in the Springbok squad that are based overseas, something he says "gives us a bit of advantage."
"Of course, you get all the more ideas to get a sense of how a man plays, "he said.
" I know a lot of English players now, so I can summarize them a bit better. This definitely has advantages and just does our homework with the people we do not know. "