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Contributing to the team:

Cameron Wright has added great value at scrumhalf following his return from a stint in France with Montpellier, and together with Louis Schreuder, the pair are contributing significantly in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.

Although every player would like to be numero uno, the stark reality in a collision game like rugby is that duties must be shared and rest is just as valuable as play. Cell C Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has emphasised the squad system regularly, pointing out that every player in the squad will and must contribute, and in the case of scrumhalf, he is getting exactly what he asks for.

As far as there being competition for places, speaking from Sydney he admitted that, “I always believe in healthy competition. If I get better then Louis Schreuder will need to get better, if he does, then that pushes me to get even better. Pushing each other has been awesome and a player like Louis has a lot of experience so I’ve been able to learn a lot from him. It’s really healthy within the Cell C Sharks environment.”

This is his first tour to Australia and New Zealand with the Cell C Sharks are the experience is sure to encourage him to great heights.

“My experience so far of touring has been really good. The opportunity to be on this tour with the guys, in a beautiful place like Sydney which has been most welcoming, makes it all the more enjoyable.”

Of his own game, he admitted that he is very happy with his form.

“I’m pretty stoked with the way things are going, although you can never be completely satisfied with your performance,” he added. “You always want to improve and better yourself and ideally you want to be playing at your best.

“I left The Sharks in 2015 for France and on coming back (in 2017), my initial thoughts were about what I could give to the Cell C Sharks, not what I could take. That includes the physical, mental and emotional aspects – you want to give 100% in all three. If I want to compete with the best, then I have to be fit and ready for those players. This is a great opportunity for me to push myself to new heights and I think it’s coming together nicely.”

One area that he admitted to working extremely hard on is his passing game. “A hooker who can’t throw won’t make the team, a kicker who can’t kick won’t either and it’s exactly the same for a scrumhalf, he needs to be right up there with his passing and distribution.”

The conversation turned away from his own contribution and beliefs, and onto this Saturday’s opponents in the first tour match.

“We’ve done some analysis of the Brumbies and sussed them out a bit, their backline is quite good and they have some big forwards that they try get into the game early on. It’s going to be quite a tough game upfront but our forwards will take it as a challenge to try to dominate them.

“Hopefully we can shut down their threats early enough and limit their opportunities to run because that’s something they look to do. They want to get momentum going so we’ll look to frustrate them and stop them getting rewarded.”

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