'I want to do better things': Fassi opens up on his mission
SPOTLIGHT: Sharks star Aphelele Fassi is hoping he can grow his game this season and be a leader on the field as well.
Despite his versatility, the 24-year-old doesn’t seem to be a favourite among the Bok coaches at the moment.
He only appeared in one Test match so far this season and that was in an experimental Bok side against Wales in the second match of the three-Test series in July.
He was then deemed surplus to requirements ahead of the Rugby Championship and he was sent back to the Sharks to prepare for the United Rugby Championship season.
The Springboks have a big tour coming up in November with a couple of midweek games and Fassi could be in the mix for that.
However, he does not want the talk of a possible Springbok call-up to cloud his vision right now – which is to give his all for the Sharks on the field.
“I think everyone wants to be in that [Bok] set-up, but my rugby focus now is with the Sharks family,” said Fassi.
“I definitely want to do better things at the Sharks and I think all my focus is definitely here with the Sharks.
“If that opportunity comes my way it will be a credit to the coaching staff and the team at the Sharks.”
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When it comes to specific goals on the field, Fassi wants to be a player the coaches can rely on.
“When you go onto the training field it is all about improving your game in different areas on the field.
“I can’t identify where I need to improve, it is just about being more on the ball and just giving a bit of direction where it is needed.”
Fassi has been shuffled between fullback and wing over the last couple of seasons and he is more than happy to perform any role for his team.
“My preferred position would be fullback,” said the Bok.
“Being diverse is quite a special weapon.
“I will put up my hand wherever I’m needed.
“Playing a different position is not a specific thing for me, but every player obviously has their preferred position.”