Five things you didn't know about Mike Willemse

Five things you didn't know about Mike Willemse

Having joined the club from Southern Kings in the summer of 2019, Mike Willemse quickly set about establishing himself as a key man in Richard Cockerill's squad. Here are five things you didn't know about the South African hooker.

He was a late bloomer to rugby

"I didn’t play rugby in my junior school days. I went to a small school in the came that didn’t provide rugby as a sport. I played soccer and hockey in the winter months and swam in the summer.

"When I got to high school, I tried my hand at waterpolo and ended up making the provincial squads, that’s what ultimately helped my rugby career kick on."

Politics in his blood

"I come from a pretty politically active background with my late grandfather as well as father both having respected political involvement back in SA.

Seeing the admin it comes with, I can confidently say I will be steering clear of that path post rugby!"

A keen fisherman

"I’m an avid fisherman, it’s my go-to getaway activity. The little coastal town my family lives in back home provides the perfect angling experience and I’d try wet a line at any chance possible. I find it a perfect way to refresh the mind!

He's a student outside of rugby

Studies are important to me. After leaving school I, like Groomy, was a full time student studying a BSc in Quantity Surveying and Construction management.

"Rugby took over in my final year and with it being a very practical degree, I still have a few subjects to complete in getting my degree. I have also just enrolled in a teaching degree which I plan on finishing before I hang my boots up."

Cheers to a post-rugby career

"Ive always had a life goal to own a restaurant/bar in my hometown, Knysna. A spot to entertain friends and family in what I’d say is the best place on earth!"

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