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Thu Apr 17 08:43:19 SAST 2014

Point proving time for Olivier

TEAMtalk Media | 19 June, 2012 16:382 Comments
2nd Castle Lager Incoming Tour match: South Africa v England
Wynand Olivier during the second test match between South Africa and England at Ellis Park on June 16, 2012 in Johannesburg

Bok centre Wynand Olivier revealed he will look to prove a point to himself when he makes his Test start against England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

South Africa lead the series 2-0 and will hope to claim a whitewash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with Olivier set to start for Frans Steyn.

Steyn is unavailable this weekend as he is getting married, giving a chance for Olivier, 29, to stake his claim again in the South African line-up.

"It's great to be back," said Olivier at a press conference in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

"I wouldn't say to prove a point, but maybe I have a point to prove to myself.

"Maybe I can make a step up to international rugby, so I want to go out there and do my best.

"I've been in and out the squad for a couple years and it's great to be back in international rugby."

Olivier was part of Jake White's 2007 World Cup-winning squad and has a good understanding with new coach Heyneke Meyer, who coached him at the Bulls.

"From Jake to Peter (de Villiers) everyone brings something different," he said.

"I was a lot younger with Jake and now I return with some experience now.

"I'm a little more focussed, a little more relaxed with the experience I got through the years."

Paired with in-form captain Jean de Villiers at outside centre, Bulls runner Olivier explained he will make the most of the opportunity against the touring English this coming weekend.

"Playing with someone like him [De Villiers] for me has only been once a year maybe," he continued.

"The last time I played with him was 2006 or 2007. I enjoy playing with Jean and I have a lot of respect for him. He has such experience. He talks a lot and makes things easier."

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Point proving time for Olivier

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He's only scored one test try in 36 tests. Lowest strike-rate of any test centre in history.
Olivier is average at best. JJ Engelbrecht or Juan de Jong are younger and far more exciting options.