England International washed carpets for an office cleaning company
In previous blog posts here at Millards Office Cleaning and Window Cleaning Services, we’ve already uncovered some famous celebrities who used to be Office Cleaners and Window Cleaners before they were famous,. Well now we’ve one more to add to that list; England Rugby player Mouritz Botha.
Before staring in both England’s first two victories in this seasons Six Nations, the 30 year old Saracens lock had a longer journey than most to make it to the Big Time.
Born in Vryheid, Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, he was rejected for being too small to cut the mustard professionally by a whole host of rugby teams in his native country.
Instead of losing heart, Botha’s response was to email several English clubs and see if he could get on any teams over here. One team, Bedford Athletic, got back in touch and offered him a trial. In 2004 Bedford Athletic played in the National league Three North, and actually dropped out of that division in Bothra’s first season. This meant he had to find work elsewhere to supplement his income as he and the rest of the team struggled to get back in the league.
Washing Carpets for an Office Cleaning Company to England Star
Washing carpets for an office cleaning company proved a strong test for the South African. “It was the most difficult job I’ve ever done”, he said. “It was crazy hours and not something I really enjoyed! Back at the office there was a tumble dryer about three metres high. I dried the carpets and then had to roll and fold them. I would about six tons a day, which was brutal. The shifts were from six in the morning until two in the afternoon. Then I’d go home, have a nap, and go to training.”
Botha’s hard work and dedication, self-belief finally paid off and he became a full time professional for Bedford Blues in 2006.
“I always believed I could get here, I always had a deep-down belief,” he said. “But it doesn’t count for much as you have to convince a lot of other people that you can do it and that takes time. It’s been a long road and I’m very pleased to get here. There was always hope along the way but to achieve it finally has been brilliant. When I came over originally it was to have a shot at playing professional rugby in England. It was a long shot and I knew it would be hard work but through determination and staying focused I achieved it in the end.”