Bissie has not forgotten about his roots

Bismarck du Plessis brushing off an England defender at Ellis Park. His brother, Jannie, is running in support in the background. PHOTO: GETTY

The Springbok hooker, Bismarck du Plessis, may still be playing his rugby in France, but has hinted that he would like to follow in the footsteps of two of his long-time teammates, Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn.

A born and bred Free Stater, Du Plessis admitted that sometime he would like to play at least one more game with Pienaar and Steyn, but in a Cheetahs jersey.

Du Plessis started his professional career in Bloemfontein after completing school, when he played a handful of games for the Free State Cheetahs. From there he was contracted to the Sharks, along with his brother, Jannie. The pair went on to represent the Springboks in many Tests, and also lifted the Rugby World Cup in France in 2007.

Pienaar and Steyn were also in that special team, which ensured that the Springboks won the World Cup for a second time.

Du Plessis is very much into his farming, and while he is still in France, he regularly takes part in online cattle auctions and, as with Steyn, he will go into that line of work full time when he finally hangs up his boots.

While is it is really wishful thinking due to the uncertainly over the Cheetahs’ future in international competitions, Du Plessis admitted that the Cheetahs remain very dear to him, and he would play for them if the opportunity presented itself.

“I played my first game for them in 2003, when Rassie Erasmus still played for them, so a person never knows what might happen. At this stage, however, we are still happy here.

“I wish that I could still play at least one game with Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn. We did play a lot of games together and we have so many wonderful memories. I hope those two guys can really excel in the Cheetahs jersey.

“I will give anything to pull the ‘Blikore’ jersey over my head again and to hear the Cheetahs’ song and the Harley-Davidsons roaring. I would return to the Free State any day.”

Du Plessis is still seeing out a contract of years at Montpellier, which is another team he played in along with Pienaar and Steyn. – MORGAN PIEK