South Africans are everywhere and this is just more proof.
South African prop Rhys Thomas (Who I know via association) has been picked to start against the Springboks in the upcoming test on Saturday.
Thomas has been on the Wales bench for a while now and I have been waiting patiently for him to get a start. Looks like it’s finally going to happen. He has battled with an unforeseen injury recently but seems to be fit as fiddle for Saturday’s test.
“I know him well,” Springbok coach Jake White said on Tuesday. “He still played in South Africa when I was recruiting players for the Lions.
“He was earmarked to play big rugby but developed slower than expected. But prop forwards tend to develop late. He is a good player and I am happy for his sake.”
Thomas, who was born in Johannesburg on July 31, 1982, will scrum down against CJ van der Linde in the match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Known for his ability as a ball carrier and for the power in his legs, Thomas returned to Newport, his father’s birthplace, after playing for KES.
It’s great to see South Africans showing some success but it is a pity that Thomas isn’t playing for SA in some capacity. It seems as though SARFU just can’t hang on to some players here.
Rugby is fast becoming big business (if it isn’t that already) and no one can berate Thomas for going to Wales.
It’s also nice to see a Gauteng school (KES) being represented abroad.
Good luck to Thomas on Saturday but I must say: GO THE BOKKE!!
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