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Rosko Specman keen to light up the field in Bloemfontein

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Cheetahs speedster Rosko Specman stated that he is happy to be back in Bloemfontein after signing a two-year contract.

Specman made his name for the Cheetahs in 2017 and represented the team in seven Currie Cup and four PRO14 games, before heading to the Bulls for a chance to play Super Rugby.

The 31-year-old told SA Rugby that he cannot wait to return to action for the Cheetahs after a few weeks of non-contact training.

With a few familiar faces and new team-mates in the squad, Specman has settled in and is ready to make himself at home at the Toyota Stadium. 

"It is good to be back. I played with some of the players before, such as Howard (Mnisi) at junior level at the Sharks, and I know Duncan (Saal) from my time in Stellenbosch, which is great," said Specman.

Specman admitted, however, that he had to re-acquaint himself with the frosty Bloemfontein winters and the switch from home-based training to returning gym.

"It is very cold in Bloemfontein, and it is a dry cold, but fortunately I lived here before, so I have acclimatised well," he said.

"In terms of training, the weights felt quite heavy when we returned to training, and the muscles were a little sore, especially since I trained with bands during lockdown.

"But fortunately we are back to full-out weight training now, so my body is feeling good and I am really enjoying it.

"We are still training in small groups, but it has been nice to see a few different faces and to work with the coaches because one feels like you are part of a rugby system again."

The speedster was thrilled about the possibility that rugby could potentially resume early to mid-September and said: "I am really looking forward to getting back on the field and facing other teams.

"I have made many friends during my career, and I cannot wait to cross paths with some of them on the field. The guys know I will do best to get past them, and if I do, they won't hear the end of it," he joked.

"There is a big emphasis on work rate within the group, both on attack and defence, and that is something which we see as being part of our DNA as a team."

- SA Rugby

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