Old Queenian in Italian squad
Johan Meyer has pledged his rugby career to Italian rugby. This was confirmed by his selection to the Italian national team last week.
The 25-year-old former Queenian, known as “Plank” to his friends, joined the Sharks straight after school and played age-group rugby between 2012 and 2014. He played for the Sharks in the U19 side, the Vodacom Cup and a few Currie Cup games.
At 1.93m and 104kg, Meyer is a large loose forward and immediately made an impact at Zebre after signing for the Italian outfit in 2015. He has played in the European Cup and Guinness PRO14.
Italy has called up Meyer on residency grounds since he has been staying and playing in the country from 2015.
It is a perfect platform for the player for 2019’s Rugby World Cup. He is set to make his debut for Italy on Saturday as he is selected to start in the No6 jersey against Ireland. The future is certainly looking bright for one of Komani’s own in Meyer.