Monday, May 25, 2009

Champions Of Europe

We were in a really tight game for the full 80 minutes and as you can imagine, the final whistle could not have come sooner. It has been a long time coming and I can safely say it is an incredible feeling to have been crowned champions of Europe. The support from the crowd was mind blowing, and to see so many people in Edinburgh was overwhelming, Murrayfield really was a sea of blue, like nothing I could ever have imagined. We, as a team really are very lucky to have such passionate fans. It was a match of tremendous physicality, Rocky Elsom was a colossus but the whole team showed a work ethic worthy of the Cup; we had the edge and now we have our place in history.

The province has come a long way and for us this is the culmination of many years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. A successful season thus far with hopefully more to come. We travelled home that night, the atmosphere at the airport was incredible, everybody was singing and chanting and wanting to congratulate the team.

I did get to celebrate a little, but had to drive my car home first and change luggage as we had an early Sunday morning flight to Heathrow to join up with the Lion's squad. One rollercoaster to the next, tough not getting to celebrate with the lads for a few days, but Lion's duty takes over and I hope to get as much game time as soon as possible. Needless to say I did manage a bit of celebrating prior to departure and had a good 11 hour sleep from Heathrow to Jo Burg, our first port of call...

We did not train on Monday and the Leinster and Leicester Heineken Cup players will not be involved in Saturdays first game. I am rooming with Simon Shaw of England and Wasps, a top bloke..

I’m feeling good after two days of rest and looking forward to getting on the field this afternoon for training.