South Africa international Rohan Janse van Rensburg is excited about his short-term stint with Aviva Premiership club Sale Sharks and is hoping to contribute to the success of the club.
The 23-year-old joined the AJ Bell Stadium outfit last week on a short-term loan and will rejoin his original club Lions ahead of the next season of Super Rugby.
Having linked up with the club's training camp in Carrington, van Rensburg is in contention to feature for Sale Sharks in the home Aviva Premiership clash against Northampton Saints on Saturday.
“I am very excited to be here. The guys have been very welcoming to me and they are a really good bunch of blokes and there is a lot of excitement looking forward to the Northampton game,” said Rohan.
"I want to enjoy my time while I am here and I want to make sure that everyone will remember me here for the good things. I am very excited and I want to help the team grow into a good spot for the rest of the season.
“It’s incredible to see the passion that goes into the games here. It was great to see how many supporters come out to back the team when we played at Leicester. I thought we did very well last weekend and were just unfortunate with a few things that didn’t go our way.
“It was great for me to experience the Premiership and to see the passion of it. I felt the guys did really well and we just need to progress from there.
“Tuesday was my first training session and trying to get know our structure and the game-plan.
“The other South African guys at the club are helping me a lot. They have been taking me out into town and showing me a few things that I need to see.
“So far it has been fantastic. It has only been a few days but the weather hasn’t been too bad so I am hoping it stays like this! I am staying with Faf in the middle of Manchester - It’s a beautiful place to stay and a very busy place, and so far I’m really enjoying it.”
Van Rensburg made his Super Rugby debut with Lions in 2016 and has been influential in the team reaching the finals in the previous two seasons, even going on to win the title for the first time in 2016 season.
He expressed his desire to carry forward the momentum for the Sale Sharks, who are currently languishing at the 10th position in the table in the ongoing Aviva Premiership.
“Obviously, I also want to score a few tries myself while I am here and to try and make a lasting impression.
“I’d already watched a bit of the Premiership back home in South Africa but when I found out there was a chance I could be joining Sale I started watching more of the games.
“Like Super Rugby it is a massive tournament and the passion that goes into it is incredible.
“I’ve come from the summer in South Africa to the winter here in Manchester but, hopefully, I can warm everybody up with the way I play!”