BJ Botha: 'I want to play again'

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

BJ Botha: 'I want to play again'

DEPARTING Munster prop BJ Botha is not giving up on continuing his rugby career once he recovers from a serious knee injury.

Thirty six-year-old Botha, whose contract with Munster expires this summer, suffered a ruptured ACL in his knee in January while playing in the Champions Cup away to Stade Francais.

The injury forced the former South African World Cup winner to miss the remainder of Munster’s season. 

However, the tighthead prop is hoping he will be able to return to playing next season away from Munster where he spent five seasons.

Botha said: “It was always a hope of mine to play again this season. It was obviously not the way I wanted it to finish with Munster.

“You look at the memories I have playing with Munster, the memories I have of Thomond Park.

“The rehab has gone very well. ACL rehab is about hitting the various steps and milestones along the way. It is a long process of getting back to good health again.

“I am at a good stage now. On a positive side, the injury has given me much more time to spend with my family, wilfe and children.

“For me, and this is probably the difficult thing about leaving Munster, is basically who am I going to play for if that opportunity comes because I don’t really want to play for another team.

“That is the difficult part of it, but I do want to play rugby. Look, at this stage, it is basically how my rehab goes and what opportunities there are.

“Unfortunately, I find myself in a difficult position with my age (36). It doesn’t matter what condition I am in physically or mentally. They don’t really see me like that.

“They see it in black and white, so my age and the injury which is a big injury, a long-term one. That is always going to have its difficulties. 

“There has no decision been made anywhere yet. The important thing is for me to get my knee right and once that is I think I can make a decision accordingly. 

“It is definitely swaying to the side of me playing again. I want to play again.”