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Former Witsie Morné van den Berg delighted with Springbok camp call-up

The 2024 FNB Varsity Cup has seen an exciting start for FNB Wits who second on the log after two bonus point wins in their opening games. 



The good times are certainly rolling for Wits with the announcement recently that former Witsies scrumhalf Morné van den Berg was drafted into the Springbok alignment camp. 

 

Van den Berg donned the Wits jersey in 2019 and now has a professional contract with the Lions. He made his debut for the side against the Bulls in 2020 and also played in seven Super Rugby games before the Covid-19 pandemic created havoc.  

 

Varsity Sport sat down with “Krappie” as Van den Berg has also been called.  

 

What was your reaction when you received the news of being called up to the Springbok alignment camp? 

  

“I felt very overwhelmed and excited when I got the news of being a part of the camp. It’s an opportunity to learn a lot, which excites me very much.” 

 

What are your thoughts on how Wits have performed so far in the Varsity Cup? 

  

“I’m very excited, I actually can’t wait to go watch the boys, I know a lot of the boys and it’s exciting to see them off to a great start. So, I’m very excited to see what they can do in this year’s Varsity Cup.” 

  

How has your journey been after leaving the Varsity Cup? 

  

“After Varsity Cup I was in the 2019 Lions Currie Cup squad, but I continued playing club rugby for Wits and we won the Pirates Grand Challenge for the first time in many years that year. In 2020 I thought I’d play Varsity Cup (again) but then I had my Super Rugby debut and from there I went on to play for the Lions, where I’ve enjoyed over 60 caps.” 

  

What impact has the Varsity Cup had on your career? 

  

“Varsity Cup provided me with a platform to get exposed to good rugby at an early age, which has set me up nicely for the future.” 

  

What’s been your favourite rugby moment to date? 

  

“Scoring in my first senior game in a Superhero Sunday game for the Lions against the Bulls and also playing my 50th game for the Lions was also special.” 

 

by S’fiso Nyawo 

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