South Africans are proud Bok supporters - Germishuys
September 8, 2006

Former Springbok wing Gerrie Germishuys has assured the team that South Africans were fully behind them and that they should be proud of the jersey they wear.

Addressing the players before handing them their jerseys for tomorrow's Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against Australia in Johannesburg, Germishuys said he was a strong Bok supporter and proud of the players, even during difficult periods.

"When the Boks win, the whole of South Africa smiles, and we cry when they lose," he said. "That is how much we love the team."

Spicing his address with anecdotes and light jokes, he encouraged the players to do well in the Test tomorrow.

Germishuys played 20 Tests for the national team, scoring 12 tries between 1974 and 1981. By the time he retired, he was the leading try-scorer, having sailed past the previous record of eight, held by Jannie Engelbrecht.

He is still involved in sport, working at the University of Johannesburg's Sports Bureau.

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