Rohan Janse van Rensburg during a Sharks training session. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
You wouldn’t imagine a 109kg Springbok centre would be caught dead near a piano practising classical songs, right? Wrong.
In a stereotype-breaking move, Sharks midfielder Rohan Janse van Rensburg was recently seen playing his rendition of Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche for his teammates.
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It turns out the 28-year-old centre, who is known for his tackle-breaking and gain-line-breaking ability, has had a musical ear since learning to play the guitar at Waterkloof High School.
“I learned guitar when I was at school, so I played the guitar for a long time,” Janse van Rensburg told News24.
“I only recently started playing piano. I’m trying to teach myself as far as I can.
“I’m on the piano now the majority of the time. I’m trying to learn nice classical songs.
“I play the guitar when family is around and they want me to sing them a song.”
Like I said, I’m always fascinated by every athlete I get to know.
Recently discovered Werner Kok’s spear-fishing, Shark diving penchant. ?? Also learnt about Marius Louw’s choirboy past??
Now, all 109kg of Rohan JV Rensburg playing Ludovico Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche on piano?? pic.twitter.com/IPsuqhtjDB
— Sibusiso Mjikeliso (@Sbu_Mjikeliso) January 12, 2023
The title of the song Nuvole Bianche means “white clouds” in Italian and the composer, Einaudi’s works are known for their mindfulness and peace messaging. Talk about a big fish out of water.
On the field, the Sharks are preparing to play Bordeaux in the Champions Cup at Kings Park on Saturday (17:15 kick-off).
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