By Liam Poach
In week one of Major League Rugby, fans across the country were treated to the exciting, big-play ability of Hanco Germishuys, a flanker for the Austin Elite. Now, I would like to think I know a young star in the making when I see one (this dude is younger than me, what the hell am I doing with my life?), which is why I just had to pick this kid’s brain, and get some perspective from one of MLR’s fast rising names.
Liam: At what age did you realize that Rugby was going to be a big part of your life?
Hanco: I started realizing that rugby will play a big part on my life once I saw my dad play rugby for the first time. South Africa’s main sport is rugby, every boy plays it in the back yard, and literally when we are born there is always that one family member who brings a rugby ball. Also, my mom’s always been there for me since day one, she would do anything in her power to always be at my games, and makes sure I have everything I need! My mom has always pushed me to be great.
Liam: What were some keys to the game of rugby that your father taught you growing up?
Hanco: I would have to say he always told me to run strong, and even if you feel like going down, get those extra 3 steps!
Liam: Do you prefer to play hooker or flanker?
Hanco: Flanker, that’s what I do best on the field. I wouldn’t trade flanker for any other positions.
Liam: People often talk about your endurance, how do you manage to have such a long running motor out there on the field?
Hanco: Just takes lots of training and doing extras. Whenever you can get extra fitness in, you do it. It also (has) a lot to do with how you eat and when you eat before a game!
Liam: Having seen playing time with the Eagles, do you think the experience of playing on the national stage of rugby has benefitted you as a professional?
Hanco: Definitely, I have learn so much from the coaches and veteran players on the team. Whenever I learn something on the USA tours, I always try and bring it back with me to my club so I can work on those things they taught me.
Liam: Other than the players, what kind of similarities do you see between the Austin Elite and the Huns team from last year with whom you captured the D1 title?
Hanco: We are just a bunch of regular dudes playing a game we all love and so many friendships are being built throughout the season, and that’s the amazing part between the two clubs.
Liam: How would you describe Alain Hyardet’s approach to training?
Hanco: Coach Alain is a very, very good coach. Very straight forward, and knows what he wants from the team. He is always positive and always looking to move forward so each player can improve.
Liam: How would you describe the city of Austin and its relationship with the team?
Hanco: I would say Austin has a part where every player can go and feel at home since some of us aren’t from Austin. Austin has lots of different things we can do so that everyone can enjoy.
Liam: Who do you think is an uncapped player deserving of a shot with the Eagles?
Hanco: Zinzan Elan-Puttick, very good player!
Liam: Would you rather be a wizard or a Jedi?
Hanco: I would have to go with wizard.
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