Fri, 25 Sep 2020

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"I like that type of competition. It was pretty much my life as a player in Ireland too. The key is how one responds to this challenge."

White has indeed placed a premium on proven class with regards to his group of loose forwards and with an established pedigree comes maturity too.

"To me it's about us focusing on what we can do to improve the team and each other. The four of us are really at a stage of our careers where we really can incite and help each other to get the best out of us," said Botha.

"It's really not about being selfish anymore, just focusing on yourself. We obviously still have formulate some of our plans but I think we all have the common sense to realise that all of us are versatile. We can all cover more than one position.

"I can help Nizaam become more comfortable at blindside flank. He can help Marco on the openside. Duane can help me with eighthman."

That process of continually refining a wider skillset is exactly the type of stimulation the quartet needs, he believes.

"It's hard work but it's enjoyable," said Botha.

"You don't want to get behind. You want to stay ahead. You even have to look out for the youngsters. I was 20 once too, I know how motivated I was to topple the more experienced players.

"In the end though, it's about the common goal. It's about us all striving for the same ethic. If I know a teammate's heart and drive is in the right place on the field, then I don't need to know him extensively on a personal level to know that I can perform effectively with him. We both know we'll give it all for each other during a match."

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