Cape Town - In an exclusive interview, Clermont and France star SCOTT SPEDDING talks about the three-Test series against South Africa, picking foreign-based players and previews the Top 14 final.
Sport24 asked: How would you describe your rugby journey since leaving South Africa?
Scott Spedding: It has been a long road. I left soon after playing for South Africa against France in the under-21 World Championship final in 2006, which was ironically hosted in Clermont-Ferrand. I left South African rugby because there weren’t playing opportunities for me and I decided I would go and try my hand in France. When I left South Africa, I thought I would head off and have a short-term experience in Europe. However, one year led to two and two led to three, and soon I fell in love with rugby in France. I am very thankful for my family’s sacrifices and unconditional support when I was down and out and struggling at the bottom. My family have supported me since day one, and when I was playing for the junior team at Brive in the infancy of my French sojourn, my father used to send over money each month to help me make ends meet. I arrived in France as a youngster with a backpack and not much else. I forged a professional playing career for myself in France and, six years down the line, when I was selected for the senior national team it was an absolute privilege. I’ve lived my whole adult life in France and to represent this country means the world to me.