Springboks Sanele Nohamba Lions

Sanele Nohamba of Lions watches the clock countdown before kicking a conversion.

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Springbok hopeful reveals why he made big switch

In a bid to make a serious Springbok push the halfback made the move from Durban to Johannesburg and from scrumhalf to flyhalf.

Springboks Sanele Nohamba Lions

Sanele Nohamba of Lions watches the clock countdown before kicking a conversion.

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Springbok hopeful Sanele Nohamba has done his chances no harm with two crucial switches in his game.

The first of those was the decision to move from the Sharks to the Lions in a bif to get more opportunities.

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Why Springbok hopeful Nohamba made key switches

That decision has worked a treat for Nohamba who has played far more at Ellis Park than he would have down in Durban with the Sharks overstaffed at No 9.

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“It was me looking for a change. I was looking for an opportunity to play more at the Sharks that year,” Nohamba told Rugby365.

“It was a bit of a mixture between wanting something new, getting out of my comfort zone, and also playing more.

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“Being on the field is what makes me happy and I think that was the motivation as well.”

Nohamba has always been a goalkicker, even since his school days with French scrummie Morgan Parra serving as inspiration.

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“Yes, I was a goal-kicker and a scrumhalf growing up.

“I looked up to a guy like French scrumhalf Morgan Parra. He was one guy I did watch and he was a scrumhalf who also kicked at poles.

“That’s what changed me to that direction.”

No drama in switch to No 10

Nohamba says he isn’t sure how the decision to have him try No 10 had its genesis but added that he is always trying to do his bit for the team.

“I don’t know, I just try to put my best forward to contribute to the team,” he said when asked about the switch.

“On the particular weekend, if it’s at No.9 or No.10, it doesn’t matter.

“If I can contribute to the team and put ourselves in a better place in terms of fueling the game I am happy to fulfil both roles, happy to play scrumhalf and happy to play flyhalf.”