Thursday, April 30, 2009

One of our own gets a call up...

Avid Cobra’s supporter Martin Muller gets his call up!

Martin with former Springbok under 20 team- mate Robert Ebersohn at the IRB under 20 World Cup in Wales last year.

The blonde 21 year old lock has been part of the Vodacom WP team and also featured in both the 2008 and 2009 Varsity Cup for UCT. He represented South Africa at the IRB Junior World Championships in 2007 and 2008.

Muller was a key member of the Ikeys' Varsity Cup pack for the second season in a row, before his Vodacom Cup commitments with Western Province saw him miss the latter stages of the 2009 competition.However, the 1.98m tall lock now has the opportunity to make his Super 14 debut at home against the Chiefs on Saturday evening, having also come through the ranks at Bishops Prep and College, WP Schools, SA Schools and SA Under-20.

Ikeys head coach John Dobson was pleased to hear about Muller's call-up, telling "I'm really very happy for Martin - he is technically a very good lock with enormous skill and everything that is physically required to go the whole way."(But) this year he has upped his physicality and aggression, which is important in someone who is such a nice guy," added UCT's coach."Of course, it's also great for UCT, not to mention the Varsity Cup, that we continue to produce players capable of playing at Super 14 level or higher.

When asked today, Muller said that he's feeling a touch nervous, but is up for the challenge!

"Joining Muller on the Stormers bench is fellow UCT star Tiger Bax, who was an unused replacement during the Stormers' shock 18-11 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin last week.