Regardless of the jersey he wears this season, Schickerling is confident that it won’t be “that big an adjustment”
Stormers lock JD Schickerling says he’s ready to make the step-up should he be given a chance in Eben Etzebeth’s absence.
Etzebeth is recovering from a shoulder (nerve) injury that could keep him on the sidelines for four months. And now Schickerling is keen to “definitely use” his opportunity.
“Eben being out is a bad thing for us, he plays a key role, but if I do get an opportunity I will definitely use it,” he said.
Schickerling had a massive season with Western Province during their 2017 Currie Cup-winning campaign with his never-ending work rate, his contribution to line-out work, his strong carries and those big hits.
His performances filled with those kinds of displays quickly caused the 22-year-old’s name to suddenly be an often-mentioned one in rugby circles whenever player-to-watch discussions surfaced. And if the physical forward gets his way, he will take his Currie Cup efforts to another level this year.
Schickerling played in the No 4 jersey a number of times during the Currie Cup season last year. And with Pieter-Steph du Toit looking likely to be fit for the weekend following his pre-season niggles, it’s in the No 4 spot that Schickerling will most likely find himself.
But regardless of the jersey he wears this season, Schickerling is confident that it won’t be “that big an adjustment”.
“It depends where the team needs me, I don’t mind playing four or five, as long as I can be of benefit to the team. I played at four a bit in the Currie Cup, so it’s not that big an adjustment for me.”
The Stormers kick off their campaing against the Jaguares on Saturday (3 pm).