OLYMPIAN: Juan de Jongh

He wasn't there when the Stormers were humiliated 60-21 by the Chiefs in their Super Rugby quarterfinal clash at Newlands last Saturday.

But the franchise’s co-captain Juan de Jongh has got some gold chasing of his own to do when the Blitzbokke jet off to Rio tomorrow in search of a winner’s medal at the Olympic Games.

De Jongh, one of the 15s stars that made the cut for Neil Powell’s squad in the end, can’t wait to touch down in Brazil.

He tells the Daily Voice: “I’m very excited - Rio and the tournament is only a few weeks away and it gives you goosebumps.

“We’ve worked really hard for this and it’s something that has been coming for a while.

“When Neil [Powell] told me the opportunity was there to go to the Olympic Games, I told myself that if he backs me, I will have to back myself. And I never looked back.

“Today I’m here in the 12 and it’s a blessing. Hopefully come August 12, we can bring the gold back home.”

“Jubies” is a decorated rugby player and counts being chosen as one of the Olympic hopefuls as one of his big achievements to date.

He explains: “I’m really blessed in terms of my rugby achievements. I’ve been to a World Cup, played for the Springboks, the Stormers and the Barbarians - there are a lot of things, but this is going to be special.

“When I started with my career, the Olympics wasn’t part of the plan.

“Today, to have a chance of being part of it, is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.”