World Championship-winning Junior Bok: I've fought my whole career for Saints move

Shaun Adendorff (Getty)
Shaun Adendorff (Getty)

Former Junior Springbok Shaun Adendorff has opened up on his move to English Premiership club Northampton Saints.

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The 28-year-old, who was a member of the South African under-20 side that won the Junior World Championship in 2012, joins from French second division outfit Aurillac. 

Speaking to the Saints' official website, Adendorff said he wanted to leave a legacy at the club. 

The flank, who was nominated as Junior World Player of the Year after the 2012 tournament, then struggled to make the impact in South African rugby that many predicted he would. 

"It's any young player's dream to win a Junior World Cup and it's definitely a big highlight of my career so far," said Adendorff.

"My career was definitely going uphill there but then certain circumstances and certain people's opinions didn't go my way, but that's rugby and that's life. It doesn't always go your way, and I've definitely had to fight my whole career to get where I am now.

"Every professional rugby player wants to leave a legacy. I've got two boys and they're already so crazy about rugby - I want them to be able to say 'that's my dad, he's playing in the Premiership and he's doing really well.'"

Adendorff then spoke about his move to the Bulls in 2011 and how things just hadn't clicked for him. 

"When I entered the professional setup in South Africa, I went from playing No 8 for many years at school to going to the Bulls, where bigger was better," he said.

"I had to change my game, I played at six and I did really well - but then the rest of my career in South Africa, I was just labelled as a fetcher."

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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