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Springboks' Nyakane heads list of 10 additional European players

By Liam Heagney
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Springboks prop Trevor Nyakane heads the list of the ten additional players registered by clubs ahead of this weekend’s round three Champions and Challenge Cup matches, the South African checking in at Racing 92 ahead of their game away to the Ospreys in Wales on Saturday.   

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The 32-year-old front-rower made his last appearance for the Bulls in a Rainbow Cup match versus the Sharks last June and he went on to become a pivotal part in his country’s hectic Test schedule which featured the Lions series, the Rugby Championship and then the Autumn Nations Series which culminated in a last-minute defeat to England at Twickenham.  

It was December 1 when the Bulls announced the departure of the popular Nyakane, their boss Jake White stating about the Springboks player: “Trevor has been a colossal figure, both on and off the field, for the Bulls in the years of great service he has spent with us. He has been an influential member of our squad, contributing both as a leader and imparting his vast knowledge on our younger players.

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“He now has an opportunity to continue being a great ambassador for the game of rugby in his new, exciting chapter at Racing 92. We wish him the very best for this next phase of his illustrious career. Au revoir, Trevor!”

Racing welcomed Nyakane to their training ground this week by posting a glitzy video on social media showing the South African in the colours of his new club ahead of his potential debut in Swansea in round three of the tournament the French are intent on finally winning.  

The following players have been nominated by their clubs as Additional Players for Round 3 of the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup tournaments. The players replaced in the squads have been de-registered. Nyakane was one of four players registered by clubs for Champions Cup action. Bath added Valery Morozov to their European roster, Leicester have included Tomiwa Agbongbon and Scarlets have Lewis Morgan.

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Six Challenge Cup teams have also made alterations to their squads, the most notable names being ex-Wales hooker Richard Hibbard and former England winger Chris Ashton who have respectively been de-registered by Dragons and Worcester

HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP
Bath Rugby
Additional player: Valery MOROZOV
De-registered: Archie Maggs

Leicester Tigers
Additional player: Tomiwa AGBONGBON
De-registered: Cyle Brink

Racing 92
Additional player: Trevor NYAKANE
De-registered: Dorian Laborde

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Scarlets
Additional player: Lewis MORGAN
De-registered: Dominic Booth

EPCR CHALLENGE CUP
Dragons
Additional player: David RICHARDS
De-registered: Richard Hibbard

Edinburgh Rugby
Additional player: Fraser RENWICK
De-registered: Stuart McInally

London Irish
Additional player: Tadhg McELROY
De-registered: Jack Walsh

RC Toulon
Additional player: Dorian LABORDE
De-registered: Theo Dachary

USAP
Additional player: Xavier CHIOCCI
De-registered: Hugh Roach

Worcester Warriors
Additional player: Murray McCALLUM
De-registered: Chris Ashton

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