Sun 16 Jun 2019 | 08:22

South African player asks French President for citizenship

South African player asks French President for citizenship
Sun 16 Jun 2019 | 08:22
South African player asks French President for citizenship
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: There was a unique request from one of the players at Saturday’s Top 14 Final between Toulouse and Clermont in Paris.

The request happened during the presentation of the teams to French President Emmanuel Macron before the match kicked off.

While shaking hands with the Toulouse players, Macron was stopped by South African player Maks van Dyk who asked: “Can I have French nationality please?”

And a smiling Macron replied: “Well, let’s start the procedure.”

It was a light-hearted moment, but that did not stop one of Van Dyk’s teammates taking it a bit further by posting a photo of Van Dyk holding what looks like an important document.

Some fans took Romain Ntamack seriously, but Van Dyk later confirmed that the photo his teammate tweeted was a joke.

“It’s just a joke but I really hope to be French soon,” said Van Dyk

Van Dyk, who was born in Johannesburg, represented the Cheetahs, Griquas and Leinster before making the move to Toulouse in 2016.

Toulouse won Saturday’s Top 14 Final against Clermont 24-18.

Additional Source: lequipe.fr

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