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Carr: Happy playing my flair game

EXCLUSIVE: Springbok Nizaam Carr is loving life at Wasps as he feels he is able to play his natural game, despite it being suited to dry underfoot conditions.


Carr left the Stormers after the 2018 Super Rugby season to join Wasps in the Premiership, after a successful three-month stint with them in late 2017.

“It wasn’t an easy decision for me [to leave South Africa] and having only gotten five caps for South Africa, it’s a little – you maybe want to get closer to 20, 30, 50, 100 – but that wasn’t the case for me,” Carr said.

“I saw it as a number of players were getting selected ahead of me and that’s the reason why I made the decision [to leave] but it [the ruling] changed where you don’t need 30 caps anymore – which is great for the two of us and a lot of Saffas playing overseas.

“It was always a mental block for me that I would never suit the wet weather game and I created that self-doubt in my mind until I came here. Coming here last year [2017], it exceeded my expectations and it was fruitful for me.

“I can go to bed happily and say that I have tried the Northern and Southern hemisphere and it’s fantastic. I am enjoying my game here. I can still move and I feel that is something a lot of the English players are missing – the offload, the interplay, running into space – and I think, on that basis, they got me in for that reason.


“Not to play similar to them but to change up the game. That’s the role I love playing and it’s a pity other coaches couldn’t see that in me, but I’m happy playing my flair game over here. Of all the places, in the wet conditions, it’s actually more of a showcase here than anywhere else in the world,” he dded.

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