How Pretoria club profoundly shaped Eddie Jones' newest England prop for the big stage

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Patrick Schickerling. (Photo by Alex Davidson - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)
Patrick Schickerling. (Photo by Alex Davidson - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Patrick Schickerling, a Namibian-born tighthead, made waves earlier this week when he was included in Eddie Jones' 36-man England squad for a three-Test trip to Australia next month.

A compact, 1.82m, 120kg 23-year-old, the young man from Walvis Bay has surprised many observers with a meteoric rise to stardom after, quite remarkably, still being on loan in English rugby's second division as recently as the start of the year.

Though South Africa's south-western neighbour can rightly solely claim Schickerling as its proverbial export, the exciting Exeter Chiefs player had a short-lived but hugely influential grounding in the local game, specifically in the bustling suburb of Wonderboom in Pretoria.

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