Wed 30 Jun 2021 | 12:35

Why SA players need to head overseas

Why SA players need to head overseas
Wed 30 Jun 2021 | 12:35
Why SA players need to head overseas
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SPOTLIGHT: Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach says playing overseas has helped him get out of his “comfort zone”.

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After several years with the Sharks, Reinach had a spell with English club Northampton Saints between 2017 and 2020. He then went on to link up with Bok teammate Handre Pollard at French club Montpellier.

Reinach will form a halfback partnership with Pollard for the Boks’ first Test against Georgia on Friday.

“I think playing overseas opens up your eyes a little bit,” said Reinach

“You get to know different cultures and different types of players.

“It takes you completely out of your comfort zone when you play there. I feel you grow as a player.”

Premiership v Top 14

Reinach believes he has taken his game to another level since joining Montpellier.

“I think playing in the Top 14 is a little bit different to the Premiership,” he added.

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“The Premiership is a lot more structured with more shapes and maps.

“The Top 14 is a little bit more instinctive.

“Playing in the Top 14 got me a little bit more alert and a little bit more ready for the challenge in front of me.”

@rugby365com

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