SA players eye foreign clubs after World Cup

2014-07-29 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — South African rugby faces an exodus by its Springbok stalwarts after the 2015 World Cup tournament.

Barely a week after Springbok and Bulls eighth man Pierre Spies expressed his wish to continue his rugby career in Japan next year, Springboks and Sharks prop Tendai Mtawarira indicated that he may go to France later.

The “Beast” has revealed that next year would be his last season of Super Rugby for the Durban team and that he wants to play overseas as soon as the final whistle has been blown in the World Cup tournament.

“My aims for 2015 are to help the Sharks excel during the Super Rugby and to help the Boks to win the World Cup. That is my big dream.

“Following that I would like to play abroad, preferably in France. Many South Africans play in Japan but France appeals to my family and I,” said Mtawarira.

The television rights of France’s Top 14 league have recently been sold for a sizeable amount, which means that the wealthy French clubs will have more money budgeted to contract overseas players.

“I will have the opportunity to scrum against the world’s top props. That will be a wonderful experience.

“My family and I will also have the opportunity to travel and get to know new countries,” said Mtawarira.

Spies earlier indicated that 2015 would be his last season in South Africa.

“I want to help the Bulls win the Super Rugby title next year and also to regain my place in the Springbok squad for the World Cup.

“After that I want to play in Europe or Japan. I think I prefer Japan, especially after I have discussed the rugby over there with former team-mates Fourie du Preez, Wynand Olivier and Jacque Fourie.

“If I could play in Japan there will still be opportunities for me to play for the Bulls in the Super series and later for the Boks in Test matches,” said Spies.

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