VIDEO: The three Bs that are keeping Ross at home
WATCH as the Lions’ Springbok scrumhalf Ross Cronje explains why he has decided to stay at ‘home’ in Johannesburg for at least another two years.
Cronje said it was the three Bs – the bush, the Bok dream and the beach – that helped him sign on with the Lions for another two years.
Like any other player, there is the lure of the Euro, Pound or Yen.
Speaking ahead of the Lions’ final Super Rugby league match ahead of the play-offs, when they host the Bulls at Ellis Park on Saturday, Cronje said the drive to regain his place in the Springbok team is one of the main motivation factors.
“Definitely, if there wasn’t that motivation [of Bok selection] every single player will go overseas,” Cronje told a media gathering at the team’s training base next to their home ground, Ellis Park.
“You want to play at the top level. There is always that motivation and drive.”
Cronje explained that the Bok lure wasn’t the only reason he decided to sign on for another two years at Ellis Par.
“I absolutely love it here in Jo’burg, my family is here, the bush is around the corner, the beach is an hour’s flight away and the sun is out almost all day every day,” the 28-year-old, 10-times capped Bok said.
He admitted there will always be the lure of heading abroad.
“A rugby career is only so long, you have to make the most of it.
“However, if you have a dream of still playing in the World Cup, performing at the highest level against the best, you have to be here [South Africa] competing in Super Rugby.
“It [Super Rugby] improves your game and is one of the hardest competitions in the world.
“You also have to think about your family one day, worry about your future.
“It [going to Europe] sets you up for life after rugby, but if you are smart you can set yourself up here and play professional rugby here.