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Your Question: Hallo Gurthro, I want to know if you always played loosehead prop, can
you play tighthead, and who have been your toughest opponent? - Dirk Geldenhuys
Answer: Hi Dirk, I was a lock much earlier in my career, but I've been at prop pretty
much since I started taking rugby seriously. To single out one opponent would be difficult, but
Italy's Castrogiovanni made things very tough for me that night against Leicester at the end of
2009. It was almost a turning point in my career. I also have huge respect for Owen Franks of
Your Question: Hi Gurthro. Very excited to watch the rest of the World Cup unfold, and
I'm sure the Boks will make us proud. Since it's a question... Uhm, do you play Madden? -
Answer: Hendrik, I'll play anything! I just love gaming!!!
Your Question: Who's the hardest All Black you have played against. Good luck this
week v Australia. - David Lawrence
Answer: David, it's difficult to say, as all their props are pretty good at scrum
time, but guys like Kees Meeuws and Carl Hayman were tough customers in my younger days.
Your Question: Hey Guthro, You always look so cool headed and calm when you play and
almost never get into a schuffle with other players, have you ever received a red card for a
punch or something? Oh, and if you had a choice to choose to go out with either James Dalton or
James Small, who do you think you could keep out of trouble lol. - Frikkie
Answer: Nope Frikkie, I don't get involved in those things. I would invite both of
them over to my place for a braai and some Playstation! ;-)
Your Question: Hello Gurthrö, if you had to pick one rugby player of the Australian
squad to drink and laugh after a match, who would it be? and why? Good luck for the rest of the
tournament! - Louis (Paris - France)
Answer: Hi Louis - the Aussies are a bunch of nice guys but if I had to pick one, it
would be Quade Cooper - I'd like to see how he manages to tweet so much! Hehe.
Your Question: The game with Australia...please make sure the first 10min they are put
under pressure...that 15 first minutes are very very important. The other important thing is to
get the line....make sure the line is 100% correct....please!!!! - Sumaya Botha
Answer: That's the plan Sumaya!
Your Question: Who is the biggest eater in the squad, and whats the biggest steak uve
eaten? - xerxes
Answer: Xerxes, I like my good, but so do Bissie, Jannie, John, Bakkies, Danna, Pierre
and so on - all the big guys really! Ribeye is my favourite cut and I can easily put away a 500g
piece with all the trimmings...in off season!
Your Question: Hi Guthro, who would you rate as the best prop that you have ever
scrummed against? And do you have a special exercise program (as prop) that differs from the
other players? And good luck with the rest of the tournament, the Webb Ellis cup needs to come
back to SA. - James
Answer: Check my answers higher up James. Regarding my exercise programme, I just do
what the conditioning coaches tell me to do - we do focus a bit more on leg work and upper body
Your Question: Hi Guthro - Just wanted to say that you are playing fantastic rugby at
the moment - keep it up. Will you still be available for the Boks next year? - Greg
Answer: Thanks for the compliment Greg. Yes, I'm still available if the coach wants
Your Question: Guthro, I would like to know how the vibe of World Cup 2011 compares to
that of 2007? - Mischa
Answer: It's great over here in NZ Mischa. Because the country is so much smaller than
France, you get more of the vibe and this is really a rugby passionate place, so everything is
great and I'm really enjoying my time here!
Your Question: Hello Gurthrö, Boks are making us proud again - thank you. Your
comment: Both against Wales and Samoa, the Boks seemed to have had a look at the scoreboard late
in the 2nd and half and realized, "aw shuks we've got some work to do!". After Samoa Victor also
said "...we went to sleep a bit...". - Heiko Voigts
Answer: I agree 100% with what was said Heiko, we did fall asleep, but it's something
we've addressed and we know we're going to need a full 80 minute performance against the
Wallabies on Sunday.
Your Question: Hi Guthro Kan jy vir Morne vra om bal in hand te hou en ophou besit af
te gee deur doellose skoppe as hy moet skop skop uit, sterkte aan die manne. - Neville
Answer: Ek sal die boodskap oordra Neville, maar die losskakels luister mos nie altyd
na die stutte nie! Hehehe.
(Neville asks Gurthro to pass on the message to Morne that he should keep ball in hand and
not kick too much, to which Gurthro replied that he will do that, but that he can't promise
anything as the flyhalves tend not to listen to the props...hehehe!)
Your Question: Hey Gurthro! Its been an absolute pleasure watching you play I hope
your FORM can continue!!! - Craig Oostingh
Answer: Thanks Craig.
Your Question: Hi Guthro Will the bokke thank God and acknowledge God when they lift
the web Ellis cup on Eden park on 23rd October? Even if the bokke are trailing at half time or
losing at any point in the play offs, trust GOD! Remember the bible verse "I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me" Have faith. We bokke and the whole of SA believe you and have
faith! GO BOKKE! - Enoch
Answer: Hi Enoch - it's a personal thing to each player in the squad, but we do give
thanks after games. Thanks for the encouraging words.
Your Question: Howzit Guthro. Quick question, Bismarck or John? Who do you enjoy
scrumming with more? - Jono
Answer: Jono, they are both great players and while I've learned a lot from playing
with John, Bismarck brings something else to the table!
Your Question: Hey big Guth, all respect to what uve done for SA rugga. Only thing i
dont like bout u is that my girlfriend is obssessed with u she thinks that your 'beard' is sexy,
so i wont be introducing the 2 of u ! Anyway hope u get a starting birth in Quarters. Y u
leaving SA considering u the best L/Head in the land maybe the world ? - Paul
Answer: Sorry about that Paul, but maybe you should get one of those too! Hehehe. I've
decided to go to Toulouse to experience a bit of rugby on the other side of the world and
hopefully improve even more. I'm only 30 now, so who knows, I might be back in SA at some
Your Question: Hi Guthro I love your passion for South Africa. Please can you do the
following when you guys meet the All Blacks hopefully we beat Auss. Please walk towards them
when they do the Haka. I know we cant go past the line, but then start a few meters back and
walk towards them. Nothing is better when we challenge them. - Hilton
Answer: Hilton, I understand that a number of years ago it was agreed that teams would
keep their distance when the haka is performed. I don't like to get involved in those kinds of
things in any case.
Your Question: Guthie, we just want to wish you everything of the best for the second
round, it’s so great to see you back in action. How is your arm holding up? We love watching
those determined lip manoeuvres in the scrums. How do you psyche yourself for the “engage call”
and how do you stay so focussed and disciplined under constant pressure? Celesté and Lucille,
Answer: Thanks guys! My arm is just fine and I'm ready for action! With regards to the
scrums, I just try and keep focused on my job at hand and that is to dominate the opposing tight