Johannesburg – Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka will start training with the Lions on Monday and could play in the Currie Cup match against the Falcons next Friday evening writes Hennie Brand (Die Beeld)
More good news for the Lions is that Springbok centre Jaque Fourie will be fit to return to first-class rugby soon; probably as a substitute against Griquas on July 19.
Sephaka, nicknamed Kabila, arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday after playing for the French club Toulon since last November.
The 29-year-old prop forward later called at Ellis Park, where the Lions were training for their match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Sephaka received a warm welcome from his former teammates and chatted to Lions coach Eugene Eloff.
He was released to go play in France last year but the Lions retained first-choice rights for when he returned.
“I’ll be playing for the Lions again and will start training with them on Monday,” he said after talking to Eloff.
“The coach wants me to be ready soon. I’ll play against the Falcons if they need me.”
Sephaka, who looks in good shape, and the Golden Lions Rugby Union will discuss Currie Cup and Super 14 contracts at a later stage.
The powerful prop played at loosehead as well as tighthead for Toulon, helping the club to regain first-division status.
“It was a good experience,” he said on Wednesday. “There were positive as well as negative aspects but I stuck to the positive ones.
“One of those was that I played with some big names and saw what they had to offer.
“The negative aspect was that I did not play in as many matches as I would have like to,” he added.
The rugby in Toulon’s league was hard but slow-paced. “The Premier League is faster but not as hard as the one in which we played.
“One has to wear gloves to survive because they like to turn up the heat.
“One reason is that the second-division players are frustrated by poor refereeing. That’s when the fur starts flying.
“And in France they expect a prop forward to scrum. After that, you can walk if you want to.”
Lions left wing Ryno Benjamin will be fit to play on Saturday after suffering a heel injury against the Bulls last week.
Eloff has retained the starting line-up that lost to the Bulls.Tweet