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World Cup winner Trevor Nyakane's return to South Africa is confirmed

By Josh Raisey
(Photo by Ian Jacobs/MB Media/Getty Images)

United Rugby Championship strugglers the Sharks have confirmed the signing of World Cup-winning prop Trevor Nyakane, as reported by RugbyPass. 

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The Durban-based outfit shared a post on social media welcoming the 67-cap tighthead, in a move RugbyPass believe will be from next season.

The 34-year-old has spent the last two seasons with Racing 92 in the Top 14, where he has been playing alongside his Springboks captain Siya Kolisi this season. Prior to moving to France, Nyakane had represented the Bulls and the Cheetahs in South Africa.

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Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus on the Bok captaincy

NEWS: Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus says he prefers his Springbok captain to be based locally as question marks were raised over Siya Kolisi’s future with the Springboks.

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Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus on the Bok captaincy

NEWS: Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus says he prefers his Springbok captain to be based locally as question marks were raised over Siya Kolisi’s future with the Springboks.

The prop will join a Sharks side that are currently sat at the foot of the URC table, with just one win this season. They have shown their ambition though with the signings they have made ahead of next season, with promising fly-half Jordan Hendrikse set to arrive at Kings Park Stadium from the Lions to play alongside his brother Jaden.

Nyakane will link up with his Springboks front row partner Ox Nche at the Sharks, who were part of the legendary ‘Bomb Squad’ at the World Cup last year.

For now, Nyakane’s focus will remain on Racing 92, where his side sit in sixth place in the league and have a round of 16 clash with Toulouse in the Investec Champions Cup in April.

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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