April looking to revive career in Japan

Garth April (Gallo Images)
Garth April (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Sharks utility back Garth April is looking to breathe new life into his career in Japan.

The 27-year-old recently joined the NTT Communications Shining Arcs on a six-month deal after spending four years at the Sharks.

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“I’m happy to be here and revive my career. I enjoyed my four years in Durban and the Sharks will always have a special place in my heart. I represented the Sharks in 23 Super Rugby, 24 Currie Cup and 12 SuperSport Challenge games but it’s time for me to move on and seek greener pastures,” the 27-year-old told the fiekie.co.za sports blog.

April fell out of favour with Sharks coach Robert du Preez snr, who preferred his son Robert jnr at flyhalf and Curwin Bosch at fullback.

April was relegated to play for the Sharks XV in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and only featured in one Super Rugby game in 2018.

April says he still harbours ambitions of playing for the Springboks and is hopeful to return to a South African Super Rugby franchise once his deal in Japan ends.

“I still dream about wearing the green and gold. It’s every player’s dream to don that jersey. I got to play for the ‘A’ side and singing the anthem in front of a big crowd was the best feeling ever, I was so proud. I am in Japan now and hopefully when I return to SA to play Super Rugby I can work my way back into the Bok mix again.”

CLICK HERE to read the full interview with Garth April

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