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Chatting to the Force’s Dane Haylett-Petty

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Mar 2015 at 10:34
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Hi Sharks fans. Here’s an interview with the Western Force’s own Dane Haylett-Petty.

Steve: Hi Dane. How are you?

Dane: Very good thank you.

Steve: Not many people know this, but your family is originally from Durban. When did you move to Australia, and do you miss South Africa?

Dane: Yes, originally from Durban, we moved to Australia when I was 10, so 15 years ago.Since then we’ve been back to visit often. Spent many Christmas’s in ‘Tweni visiting family. I’ve also been lucky enough to come on a few rugby tours. I always love getting back to Africa!

Steve: Walk us through your rugby career, from schools to Australia u20 to the Force, then to France and back to the Force. It’s been quite a journey for you already.

DaneDane: After school I signed with the Force. Was lucky enough to play Aus u20s in Wales and Japan. Played a bit of Aussie 7’s too while at the Force, before heading to Biarritz in the South of France for 3 years which was an amazing experience. After that I was keen to give Super Rugby another go, so came back to the Force via Japan where I spent a season. Definitely happy to be back home in Perth.

Steve: You and your younger brother, Ross, played together during the National Rugby Championships. Please tell us a little bit more about Ross, the teams he’s made and how it was playing with him. Will he be joining you at the Force?

Dane: It was amazing playing with my little (big) brother last year for the first time. Ross is 21, and plays no.8. He played in Australian U20s in New Zealand last year and signed with the Force this season, so we get to work together every day which is nice! I’m really excited to eventually play Super Rugby together!

Steve: What is your preferred position? You’ve moved between wing and fullback a lot. Have you found this to be disruptive, or do you think it’s made you a more rounded player?

Dane: Over the last 8 years I’ve moved all over. Played 12, 13, wing and fullback. I actually enjoy moving around. Each position has its pros and cons. Moving around has definitely helped me become a more complete player. I prefer fullback though and I’m looking to play there for a while.

Steve: There are a lot of Saffas coaching and playing at the Force. Do you think they’ve had a positive influence on the club and have they changed the way the Force play the game?

Dane: The South Africans that have come over to Perth have been great for us. All such good guys who fit the team and its culture so well. Our coaches are so detailed and knowledgable, we’ve all learned a lot from them! The style we play definitely has a South African influence.

Steve: What is your favourite rugby memory?

Dane: Probably winning the Challenge Cup in Europe with Biarritz beating Toulon in the final.

Steve: Who is the toughest player you’ve played against?

Dane: There’s been a few, maybe marking someone like Joe Rokocoko.

Steve: Best player to tour with and why?

Dane: Currently rooming with Nick Cummins, the Honey Badger, and some of his theories and philosophies on life are pretty interesting!

Steve: Super Rugby or Northern Hemisphere Rugby, which is tougher, and why?

Dane: I think they’re both very similar in quality, just very different styles. European obviously more physical while Super Rugby is faster.

Steve: You are facing the Sharks this weekend. What do you think about the way they are playing this year and who do you rate as their danger men?

Dane: The Sharks are always going to be tough in Durban. Winning last week with 2 red cards shows how difficult they are to beat. They’ve got Springboks all over the park so it’s hard to single out a couple danger men, they’re everywhere.

Steve: How do you rate the Sharks chances in Super Rugby this year? Do you think they can go all the way?

Dane: I think the Sharks will do very well this year, more than likely finals contenders. I think the Hurricanes are wary favorites so far based on form.

Steve: I want you to play Bok coach for me and pick your South African World Cup 23, assuming everyone is available.

1. Beast
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3.Jannie du Plessis
4. Eben Etzebeth
5. Victor Matfield
6. Francois Louw
7. Marcell Coetzee
8. Duane Vermeulen
9. Ruan Pienaar
10. Handre Pollard
11. Bryan Habana
12. Frans Steyn
13. Jean de Villiers
14. Cornal Hendricks
15. Willie le Roux
16.. Adriaan Strauss
17.. Coenie Oosthuizen
18. Vincent Koch
19. Lood De Jager
20. Ryan Kankowski
21. Cobus Reinach
22. Pat Lambie
23. Dill Lleyds

Steve: Thanks for giving us your time Dane. Finally, any last words you’d like to say to the Sharks fans out there?

Dane: I’m really looking forward to running out at Kings Park where I grew up watching rugby. I’ve always wanted to play here and never got the chance so I’m really excited!


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