'Colossal' Bok steps out in Paris
SPOTLIGHT: The latest acquisition by French outfit Racing 92, World Cup-winning Springbok Trevor Nyakane , took his first tentative steps in Paris this week.
Just hours after his first training session with Les Racingmen, Nyakane also stepped out into the streets of the French city with his young family.
Described by his former coach, Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White as a “colossal figure”, the 32-year-old penned an agreement with Racing late last year.
He is set to make his first appearance when Racing head to Swansea to tackle Ospreys in a European Cup Round Three fixture on Saturday.
“A new, exciting and awesome journey awaits me and the family,” Nyakane said, after posing in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.
“Can’t wait to get going, but [are] we loving this place already,”he added.
Earlier Racing also posted a video of the 51-times capped Bok’s first training session, also welcoming him to their team with social media posts of his spot in the dressing room and his profile being uploaded to the team website.
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Nyakane played 80-odd games for the Cheetahs between 2010 and 2014, before moving to Pretoria in 2015 – where he featured in 90-odd games for the Bulls.
He is renowned for his versatility after having proven himself as equally adept at both loosehead and tighthead prop – positions he has played both at franchise level and at international level.
“Trevor has been a colossal figure, both on and off the field, for the Bulls in the years of great service he has spent with us,” White said back in December.
Laurent Travers, Racing 92 Director of rugby, added: “We are delighted to welcome Trevor Nyakane to our team.
“He is a mature player with great experience at the highest level.
“We will gain from these qualities, and he will also be a good example and someone who will be able to impart his knowledge to our young players as they continue to grow.
“His versatility and ability to play both on the left and right side of the scrum will be highly appreciated. We cannot wait to see him join our ranks, and we hope that we will have some great rugby moments together.”
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